About me sections are awkward, aren't they? I spent longer than I care to admit deciding if I ought to write this in first or third person. But let's be honest, when we see, "and after Bob swam doggy paddle across the Pacific, he went on to invent the colour green", we know very well that it's Bob sitting there typing every word.
So, first person it is.
My school years are instructive - it's there we'll begin.
I was the kid who wasn't allowed to sit with the rest of the class. I had my own desk, outside, in the corridor. "Too disruptive to others", it was said.
Even in isolation I accumulated more red cards (detention slips) than anyone else - resulting in my lunch breaks being spent on the carpet of the Principal's office.
Paradoxically, I also accumulated more academic achievement awards than anyone else.
It was an exhibition of extremes; the edges rather than the middle, the perverse over the commonplace, the what could be instead of the what should be. My fascination with these extremes would lead me to the field of psychology.