My name is Tim, and I am the face of privilege. Throwing it all the way back to the 1980's, I was born a white, Anglo-Saxon male in one of the leading maternity hospitals in the country, in one of the most affluent regions not only in the United Kingdom, but the world. I was born to two white, disease-free, stable and incredibly loving parents, both of whom worked, and had successfully created a middle-class life in the countryside of North Essex. I grew up in what can only be described as an idyllic childhood. Fast forward a good few years and I was nearing the end of my education, at a hugely successful school in Cambridge, and the world was, quite literally, at my fingertips - I could have told the career advisors at school that I wanted to be a doctor, a lawyer, an astronaut, a carpenter, a fireman or a sports scientist, and despite a complete dearth of evidence to show I had the aptitude or natural ability to achieve such lofty dreams, I would have been pushed and mentored to achieve those goals. I would have been introduced to the 'right people' at the 'right time', forced to attend workshops to shape my university applications, and perhaps more important than all of that, people would have believed not only that I could achieve whatever I fancied, but I had every right to achieve it.
I don't say all this to boast, on the contrary, I find the injustice and inequality that my upbringing highlights abhorrent in a great many ways, but I say it because everything I have achieved in my life is not because I am cleverer than anyone else, not because I work harder than anybody else, but because I have, almost from birth, been afforded every opportunity to realise all and any aspiration that I stumbled into.
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