Expression of Self


I’ve admired Eddie Izzard for years. Growing up in a conservative-somewhat religious-African household the mere sight of Eddie Izzard was so far removed from what I grew up around I had to dig a bit deeper and find out what made him tick. Eddie Izzard is many things but conventional is not one of them, from his acting credentials to his standup comedy and most recently his work in activism and politics, he defies all conventions. But the part that intrigued me the most was his decision to run 27 marathons in 27 days throughout South Africa as a tribute to the late great Nelson Mandela who was held in prison for 27 years. Even for the most experienced runner, it’s a mean fete, but to embark on such an ordeal being an “average guy” with only 5 weeks training was Herculean, to say the least. And without even trying to do so he immediately demanded my attention and ultimately my respect. People far more successful than me usually say the best way to reach your goals is to closely follow what others in your field of interest have done and follow suit. There’s no better way to do so than reading an autobiography by said which is why I decided to pick up Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard the other day, hopefully, I take something away from his story that can positively impact my life! If you’re not a fan of reading I highly recommend checking his appearance on the Joe Rogan Podcast which you can find here.