Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a king?
I sure have once or twice. And then the other day I watched that fantastic film about a King of England. Great film.
Not just because it got a few oscars. Not just because the acting is great. Not just because the film is beautifully shot.
All those things are nice. All those things make the film really enjoyable to watch.
Here is the basic story.
A man with a speech disorder, he stuttered quite severely becomes King of England and this King hates public speaking. He is terrified of public speaking because he stutters in public and can’t get his message out.
Not only is the King required to speak publicly, but he becomes King just as England declares war on Germany as World War II just begins.
And the King of England needs to rally his nation behind the task at hand. He is needed to provide moral support for the cause. He is speaking to his people, for his people, for his nation.
And he can’t string three words together without stammering.
Consider the weight of that. How would you feel if you were on a world stage competing with Hitler? Literally competing with Hitler for the hearts and minds of your people? Your country is hanging in the balance and you can’t pick up a gun, you can’t drive a tank or fly a plane.
Your one and only job is to inspire your people to be courageous in the face of great suffering and uncertainty. You are the one person that they look to as the Monarch. You come from a long line of British monarchs that have help the nation steady for centuries and on your watch when you are King you are being tested by Hitler and his armies.
And you have to speak with confidence so your people are confidant. You have to speak with clarity so you will be understood. You have to speak and you are unable to.
What do you do?
Here is what King George did: he faced the problem straight on and got the best help he could find.
It is scary asking for help especially when you don’t truly believe that you can overcome the problem. But you know you have to and the people around you know you have to.
King George did overcome his personal challenges. Not on his own, but with help.
He spoke to a nation in peril, he spoke to people that were looking to him for certainty where there was only uncertainty and he did it with a speech disorder.
That is courage. And that is an example for those of us with vitiligo.
We can face the world with confidence even when we don’t feel confidant right now. We can accomplish great things even with a skin disorder. We don’t have to be help hostage by the fears we have.
We don’t have to be afraid to make friends or make enemies because we will make both. And you will make friends even if you don’t have any now.
You don’t have to compete with Hitler, but you cant affect change in your own life and in the lives of those around you.
As always, am curious what you think about King George and vitiligo.