You lost your ambition somewhere along the way, mid-way between parallel disappointments.

Your family thinks you’re a screw-up. No career. No husband. No prospects.

Surviving life is about all you hope to do now.

Music provides some relief, when you really get into it, escape from the reality of the here and now.

Later you switch the TV on. At their best, TV programs can be informational, educational, inspirational – you want and need some of that. You wait. Adverts blast noise out the speakers (twice as loud as the program’s volume). Banal and repulsive hawking, hijacking your space. It gets worse, in another minute it gets personal. Your eyes widen and narrow, your head thumps, you hear one of your favorite songs (with such deep lyrics, such meaning and feeling) … you hear one of your favorite songs being used to sell dog food.

You throw a book at the TV.

You run out the house.

You run to the hills.

You have a new ambition.

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