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  • Setting off precisely 75 minutes before my shift is due to start I begin my journey to work. A 10 minute walk, 2 trains, then a 15 minute walk. It is toward the end of the latter walk where the grey, imposing building rises into the scenery and my happy, vibrant heart sinks.

    I begrudgingly enter my 4 digit code....BEEP - Staff member E******* has arrived.

    The inside is as woefully dull as its exterior. Visitors have called it a hospital with its plain walls and never ending corridors. You could wander around for hours if you did not know where you were going, or were not being chaperoned. Passage after passage, door after door.

    I know the place now. I know the door that is my escape. It is this that I gleefully pushed open yesterday anticipating home. I heard voices behind me; fresh and young.

    "I never usually go through doors that I don't know where they're leading..."

    "Your life must be so boring," her companion replied.

    I could not agree more.

    So, my mind is made up. I will accept the offer, including the pay cut and the fact that it is a fixed term contract. You never know where it may lead...
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