My older sister was born in 1984, twenty two years after Mandela was arrested for conspiracy to overthrow the state and five years before his release from Robben Island. Many believed in Mandela's abilities to change South Africa, and the world, for the better. My Mum was one of them, and she gave my sister the middle name of Mandela to commemorate his revolutionary views and his passion to fight for a good cause.
Throughout my life I have learnt through my parents to follow in the footsteps of people like Mandela, who have the means to escape from the chains of society and help everyone else to break free. Mandela's death should be mourned, and his life should be celebrated; but we should also learn from his mistakes as a human being, his anger, his forgiveness, his willingness to see the good side in all and not to condemn people who had committed terrifying acts as "evil".
If you didn't learn anything from Mandela while he was alive, learn something now. Forgive people who have wronged you, ask for forgiveness for those you have wronged, let go of any hatred and prejudice you are holding on to and find something to love in everybody.
May Mandela Live On.