Dear Red Wine (specifically Ms Shiraz)
I remember the first time we met, you swept me off my feet. Nobody had ever made me feel like this, I was wild, free and uninhibited with you.
Your beauty, power, smell and taste gave me confidence, wit and a whole new perception on things.
You allowed me to lose my inhibitions and have fun, I just wanted you more and more. I have never needed anyone in my life like I needed you.
So after a period of seeing each other every single night we got married, we were together for over twenty long years (and I saw you every day). Sadly my memory is blurred from our time together, but I remember enough.
It started off as a happy marriage, we spent so much wonderful time together. But as the years went by I realised that our relationship was becoming toxic.
It became clear to me that all your magic was actually an illusion, you were starting to damage my mind, body and my soul.
You made me do things I regret, you made me hurt people and behave in a way that I would never do if you weren’t in my life, why would you do that to me? I thought this was meant to be fun?
But I just couldn’t bear to let you go, especially after so long together and you had always been there for me when I needed you most. I was addicted to you.
Finally, I was able to step back from our relationship and I saw the light. I realised that I couldn’t continue in the relationship with you, breaking up was really hard but I am sorry – it’s over and there’s no going back.
Letting go was one of the hardest things I have ever done.
You had become poison, you were ruining my life and preventing me from being the best version of myself, you were holding me back and you had a very tight grip on me.
I need to be free, I need to be at peace and I need to be happy. The only way I can make this happen is if you aren’t around any longer.
So this is my letter to say we’re through, we are divorced, it’s permanent and we will never see each other again.
Love Simon x