The time has come. Our relationship has been a full 10 years. Let’s not pretend it’s been a smooth ride. In fact, the bad times have outweighed the good but for better or worse we have endured the rollercoaster together. Now the journey’s over. During our precious ‘good’ times we rode a silver cloud, inspiring the minds of young people through imaginative learning and memorable experiences. However, these times were scarce. During the bleakest times you drove me into the deepest depths of depression and anxiety and to consider self-harm. These times have been painfully numerous. I am scarred and bruised from the abusive relationship we have had. You have scrutinised me, monitoring my every move and providing unachievable targets that consume my every waking moment. You have placed continuous and exacting demands upon me, affecting my quality of sleep, relationships and general life. You have robbed me of my evenings, large parts of my weekends and tied me to taking time off on your terms. Your expectations and goalposts have changed constantly and often without warning over the last 10 years. I am tired and, seeing no sign of this easing, I want to get off this ride. You have no power over me anymore. I am walking away and the only regret I have is that you and your associates have consistently ignored the welfare of me and my contemporaries, paying lip service to online and phone counselling services, but never truly investing in our own mental health and wellbeing. I did want to make things work but no sooner did I find my stride than you pulled the rug from under my feet, making me doubt myself once more. I am too tired of this cycle now. I know it’s been hard for you too. You have been required to do more with fewer resources and the stresses have taken their toll on you too. I am sorry for this, however now it’s time for me to look after my own needs and break the bond that has been slowly destroying me. It is terrifying to be walking away from you not really knowing who or what I will go to next. What I do know is that it is the right decision taken at the right time. In another lifetime we could have made it: we could have had something so strong and effective. We could have achieved the inspirational aims we always hoped we would accomplish. But it wasn’t meant to be forever so it’s with a heavy heart that I bid you farewell. Onwards and upwards.