Letters of Forgiveness: To My Colleague 10 Years Ago

Dear Colleague, I worked with you ten years ago. I didn’t know you well, but something happened between us that has had an impact on me,  something that I need to release. I want you to know that I forgive you. I forgive you for noticing I was new to the alcohol game and a […]

Letters of Forgiveness: To My Flatmate at University

To my Flatmate at University, When you first moved in I felt sorry for you. The other 4 of us were all good friends, and when we had a spare room and advertised it, you ended up moving in. I remember making a real effort to get to know you, seeing as you were “the […]

Letters of Forgiveness: To the Man on the Train

To the man on the train, I catch the train all the time, day and night. I live in London and don’t drive so the train is completely necessary. A train filled with people, surely it isn’t risky. I thought it wasn’t, that was until I met you. I forgive you for strategically sitting next […]

Letters of Forgiveness: To My Ex-Boyfriend

Dear my Ex, I remember when I first met you. You overwhelmed me with affection and love, infiltrating every broken piece of me with your charm. I was starved of attention and you gave me what I’d always craved, someone who cared about me. I fell into a deep passionate love. You became the centre […]

Letters of Forgiveness: Dear Dad

Dear Dad, I forgive you. I forgive you for being an alcoholic and being unable to admit it. I forgive you for being in denial about your addiction. I forgive you for being unavailable to meet my needs when I was a child. I forgive you for never saying anything positive to me and for […]

Letters of Forgiveness: Dear Mum

Dear Mum, I forgive you. I forgive you for not being the mother I needed. I forgive you for not making me feel safe and secure. I forgive you for being an alcoholic and always choosing alcohol over me. I forgive you for being in denial about your addiction. I forgive you for projecting all […]

Socialisation: On the Back Foot

At school, I was not very popular. I was a really weird kid, with terrible social skills. My Mother and Father are both alcoholics and spent the majority of my formative years drunk. During my degree at University, I took a class on child development. Something I read stood out to me;  children in their […]