When I was young, there was a big concert in London - the chorus of which got stuck in my head for many years to come. "Freeee . . . Nelson Mandela." I didn't know who he was at that time. But as a result of the concert I found out he was in prison for his beliefs. This struck a cord with me. And I've followed his long life since then. He has endured many hardships along the way - some published, some not quite so much. But my respect for him has come from not only the way he handled big decisions... but also the way he handled them under the pressure from so many. There have been many oppressive governments that have been defeated in this world - only to be replaced by another set of oppressors. Nelson Mandela stood down after one term as South African President. You could say that after all he'd been through, after all he did, he deserved to stay as long as he wanted to. Which of course, he did. And set an example not only for his people, but people around the world. I know America has a similar history at it's beginning. And I respect it. And I am so grateful to have also seen it in my lifetime. Nelson Mandela has inspired me.