True heroes don’t set out to get their names on the front page of a newspaper or end up in a history book. There are simpler ways to do that. Heroes make simple decisions like being honest. Honest like Rosa Parks was when she admitted she was tired and wanted to sit down where she was, rather than go to the back of the bus where blacks were required to sit. Sitting down caused a rising up that changed history and led to the end of segregation in the United States.

Mr Nelson Mandela was a hero because he was honest. He had gone through enough in his early life that he could have said I don’t need to rock the boat anymore. I can sit here and practice “safe” law. But that became impossible as his clients needed him to defend them against a system that was out to kill them. Honest people don’t turn a blind eye to the suffering of others. They choose to see someone in pain and take on the responsibility to do something about it.Honest people recognise that once they have been informed, they are now expected to do.

Mr Mandela did extraordinary things but he was an ordinary man. He broke hearts, chose politics over family (according to his first of three wives), had affairs and broke laws ( even though they were for the greater good).

The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”- President Nelson Mandela

Mandela understood that courage was not the absence of fear but to do what was necessary despite the fear. This is something I remind myself of often. Do it Afraid!

We can each be a hero in our own life. We can choose to live healthy so we can be there for our loved ones and so we are physically able to do what we were purposed to do. We can choose to stop pointing fingers and expecting someone else to be the problem solver and become the answer that your family or community is waiting for. We can choose to make the decision to live beyond our fears and insecurities and take action.

We can choose to be the hero in our life.

Rest well Mr. Mandela.