excerpt | Ordinary

While the astronauts, heroes forever, spent mere hours on the moon, I have remained in this new world for nearly thirty years.
I know that my achievement is quite ordinary.
I am not the only man to seek his fortune far from home, and certainly I am not the first.
Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept.
As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.

Lahiri, J. (1999) Interpreter of Maladies