A life more ordinary

To begin, a classification.

I’m a middle-aged middle-class cisgender heterosexual white male, privately educated to degree level. I have a mortgage and two children, now grown up. I’m solvent but not robustly so.

So basically an ordinary bloke.

Or perhaps a lotus eater. It depends on your point of view.

Up close, a suburban schlub. From a distance, a gilded prince. Turn it this way, a blameless salaryman in a bullshit job with no distinguishing features and the faint whiff of despair. Turn it that way, a lotus eater blessed with a life of comfort, safety and leisure unimaginable to all but a fraction of humanity through history.

Either way, an unpromising canvas on which to paint my masterpiece.

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