My Dear Lawrence

My Dear Lawrence,

I never wanted to hurt you, but I feel like I’m left with no other options. I’ve fallen for another and it’s over. I truly believe we’ve both known it for over a year.

I’ve tried and tried, yet nothing I do seems to get through to you. Now it’s time that I move on. I don’t want to sound cruel, but at this point, your tears no longer matter. I know I’ve broken your heart. I understand, but I’ve given you way too many chances to step up to the plate and you just haven’t come through.

I don’t want to sound shallow, but the physical part of our relationship has fallen short. You’re just not as luxurious as I need. I also need someone who’s more financially rewarding. I just can’t make it on what you earn. To be successful, I simply need more money.

I would have thought you would have put in more effort when I began flirting with others. If you’d have only fought harder for me. Couldn’t you have scraped up a just a few hundred million more? Then, I wouldn’t have to go.

To be honest with you, I’ve never been quite comfortable with our relationship. But I think you knew that from the start. No matter how much I tried to accept you, my eyes kept roaming. My new love has courted me for years. November 9th was your last chance to find a solution. Now, our time together in San Diego has run out.

The new love in my life is simply a better fit for me and, in time, we will be successful. I know it’s not something you want to hear at this moment, but it’s simply the truth. Eventually, you’ll get over the pain and feelings of betrayal. And you’ll also see it from my side and understand why I had to do this to you. I only hope you can someday be happy for me.

Just so you know, this new union will be permanent. That means I’ll be taking a new name. It’s best to leave the past in the past.

With all my best,

The Los Angeles Chargers

Lawrence D. Elliott is an author and a contributor to the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. He’s also contributed The Huffington Post and has assisted on a story at Mother Jones. Lawrence is a member of Toastmasters International and has lived in Germany for over 6 years. Click here to visit