Today I remember Mandela. The leader of leaders, the pride of Africa. He made me believe that whatever you put your mind into, you can surely achieve. Madiba, a hero whose legacy brings hope and walks us through the oath of our dreams. He reminds me that giving up is never an option no matter the situation as he said, "It always seem impossible until it's done". He was a leader whose thoughts are still leading majority of leaders. Whenever I think of him, I think of many other great leaders who took the stand for their countries. I think of Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere, Patrice Lumumba, Jomo Kenyata, Samora Machel, and many others, who gave us back our home, our motherland, our Africa.
These great leaders always remind me that leadership is not a piece of cake, it is about sacrifice; taking responsibilities; servanthood; standing for what you believe in and what's good for the people; being fearless; and mostly, leadership is about putting the needs of others first before your own. One thing that our visionaries had in common is education. They used education as a tool for liberation. Mandela said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." They did change the world, our world. It breaks my heart when girls and boys drop out of school. They need to realize that education will allow them to be exposed to a world of limitless opportunities and become a great leader and a changemaker. We should all embrace education, formal and informal.
I believe that young people, girls and boys, are the next generation of leaders and changemakers. We have the obligation to nurture their talents and potential, ensuring they bring the best out of themselves. Together with the young people, we need to be in the forefront advocating for better communities, good health systems, quality education and good governance. It is our responsibility to ensure that every community is a better community with no segregation, discrimination or inequality. Mandela said, "A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of." We are the voice to the voiceless and power to the powerless.
If you were to write the story of your life, what would you write about? Why would people want to read your story? Is it a positive story that speaks volumes to a reader or is it just another story? In his own words, Mandela said, "There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." I believe we are all here to serve a greater purpose than ourselves. We are called to serve locally and globally, with one aim of making the world a better place. What is your story about? Is it hidden in playing small or are you exploring all that has been invested in you by investing in other people and being an agent of positive change?
Nelson Mandela has been a source of hope and strength to us all. Through him we learn that there is no excuse to reaching out to your goals in life. He said, "Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do."