This is my entry for "Brave", this weeks topic on Illustration Friday.
For the subject 'Brave' I had thought about doing Richard Pryor. He was pretty brave doing all those stand up gigs and just being prepared to lay himself out bare in front of an audience.
Instead though, I've opted for Alan Badmington.
Alan Badmington is someone who has made a fully recovery from a life of stammering.
He is a retired policeman who at one point would have great difficulty speaking a sentence without the use of an electrical device which would aid his speech.
Upon retirement though, he decided to enroll on a speech therapy programme where he learned the tools and techniques which helped him reach complete fluency.
He is now a hugely successful public speaker who often lectures on self development and the importance of facing your fears.
Having had a few issues with stammering myself over the years I know how much courage it would have taken for him to put his new techniques for speaking fluently into practice and drop his old avoidance techniques that merely "got him by".