Appetite for Distraction – Another Day


He wakes up. He had a dream that his friend writes comic books. It may or may not be true. As he walks to the bus he eats an everything bagel with butter and marmite on it. As he eats the bagel under the hot sun he realises that this will be the high point of his day and nothing will come close to the perfection of these moments as he chews the bread that this will be the best moment of the day and nothing will improve on it so he may as well turn around and go back to bed but he doesn’t he trudges on to the bus and onto the train and finds himself at work late and ignored again and there is a piece on the news about mental health and everyone is very worthy and patient but despite that the stigma remains. Then he watches a live streaming interview with Edward Snowden and he certainly seems like a stand up fellow who loves his country and hates what those in power have done to it but this will probably make little difference because those in power make the rules of the debate but that soudn’t be a barrier for whistleblowing even as Mr. Snowden says again and again he did not reveal any secrets. As he is travelling home on the train he peers at a man’s cell phone. The man is looking up self-aggrandizing on the internet. He wonders why the man is doing that. Did someone call him self-aggrandizing earlier in the day? A girlfriend? A boyfriend? A colleague? A boss? A family member? A stranger? He does not know the answer and afterwards he had wished he had leant towards the man just as he left the train and said “the act or practice of enhancing or exaggerating one’s own importance, power or reputation.” He did not do this but he wished that he had. Looking back to the beginning of the day he realises that the highlight of his day was not the bagel but hanging out with a ten year old and watching a movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Life is not so bad after all. He goes to sleep.

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