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Dear Excel,

It’s not you, it’s me. I’m not the same person that I was when our relationship began.

Life used to be simpler. I was amazed with everything you could do. You were powerful and it seemed like the possibilities were endless. We grew together, and the more we grew, the more comfortable I felt with everything you had to offer.  I loved how we worked together, it’s like you knew exactly what I wanted. Before long, we were inseparable.

Yes, we had some rough patches. There was that time with the macros. The formula errors, #REF!, and the circular references. Let’s not talk about that time I tried to embed you into a Word document.

Somewhere along the way things changed. Maybe it was me that changed, or maybe it was the world that changed. Suddenly, data was everywhere. It was instantaneous and at my fingertips whenever I wanted or needed it. I’ll admit it, I got spoiled. I became obsessed with the instant gratification.

That’s when my feelings for you started to change. I began to resent the time that we spent together. The hours entering data, formatting, adding formulas, struggling with charts and graphs. Sometimes I didn’t even know who I was dealing with.  You would go off and spend time with other people, and when you came back, I didn’t know who you were. There were so many versions of you. I got confused trying to figure out which one was the real you. It was exhausting.

You started to interfere with the rest of my life and our relationship turned toxic. I was used to manipulating you, but I began to feel like you were the one manipulating me. You never come to me, I always have to go to you! The data is right there, but you refuse to go get it, always relying on me to give it to you.  And I’m sorry, but I just can’t do it anymore.

I’ve found someone new.  Someone who will give me what I need when I need it, who doesn’t consume so many hours of my day. Someone who streamlines and automates my life and manages more than you ever could. Someone who has changed with the world, who understands that I need real-time data and reporting at my fingertips.

I’m sorry to hurt you like this and I hope that we can still be friends. I don’t want this to be the end of our relationship. There are things that I still need you for, but we’ll never be what we once were.


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Cassandra Evans

Cassandra Evans is a Digital Marketing Specialist at Tour de Force, Inc. Cassandra is a graduate from the University of Toledo and has been with Tour de Force, Inc. since 2016.

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