I spent the first 32 years of my life believing I was different and that the world was unfair. At 32 I met and at 34 married a woman that I believed would change my life.
She too believed that she was different and that the world was unfair. Eventually she tired of me and grew more and more distant until I suggested we stop being together.
At 36 I met Sophie. We had a similar background and similar failings in life. We both studied Art. We both left our degrees.
She stuck with me through my self pity. She also stuck with me through my attempts to reinvent myself. For that and many other reasons I love her very much.
We are all special. I will not be remembered for who I was or am. That is reserved for kings, queens, actors and such the like.
We are remembered for our actions.
I have acted.
I have cycled lands end to john o'groats. I have played with the London Gypsy Orchestra. I have cycled 200km overnight. I have busked. I have learnt to run. I have learnt the ukulele and mandolin. I helped organise bike to Bestival, and I played in the band that opened the festival in 2012. I have ridden naked through London and Brighton. I have camped and been woken by wild animals. I have played at a friends' wedding and a friends' parents ruby wedding.
I have learned to live. To love life.
And all of this in the last 4 years.
And in this time my little brother has become a dad. I have become a very proud uncle.