As you grow up you are faced with decisions, choices that shape you and your future.
Whilst these choices may lead you in directions you may have never thought about at the time, they are part of everyday life for amost everyone, part of our joint existence in this world.
Many of these choices are major steps in most people’s lives: asking the person you ‘fancy’ out for the first time, choosing a career path, college or university, deciding to drop out, balancing studies / family life / social life / work, proposing to our significant other, accepting such a proposal / or not, getting engaged, getting married, applying for a job, accepting a job offer, getting a personal loan, learning to drive, getting a car, getting a mortgage, finding your dream home, and so many more decisions that people take every day of every week, every year.
Most of these decisions will affect your life in a big way, shaping your future as well as ourselves in the process, often in ways we had never considered and which, at the time, could not have been foreseen.
These decisions are sometimes tough decisions, with lots of feelings, thoughts, considerations, research and soul searching, but most are just part of being an adult and being in control of yourself, your future & your destiny.
So this leads me on to possibly one of the biggest decisions of my life.
The Scottish Referendum.
From a purely personal view, Scotland has had it’s own legal system, with it’s own police force(s), laws and judicial system, it has health and education systems that are vastly different from the rest of the UK and in recent years we have had our own parliament to make some decisions about how we live our lives.
Unfortunately, we are presently run, on the whole, by a Government in Westminster, that we did not vote for, who are making decisions about The UK that appear to be based on what certain parts of England want and not what the whole of the UK actually needs.
When I was growing up I remember the Conservative government at the time, bringing in things like the poll tax, which hit Scotland hard, at a time when the main industries of the country had been brought to it’s knees by the Conservative government, lead by the then PM Margaret Thatcher. Since then, I have found the thought of the Conservative Party ever having power over Scotland again to be the most abhorrent thought, unfortunately it has happened again.
I the last General Election in 2010, only 16% of the Scottish population voted for the Conservative party, with only 1 out of the 59 Westminster seats going to the Scottish Conservative party, with the majority (41 seats) going to the Scottish Labour Party and yet The UK is controlled by a party that the country of Scotland did not want, or vote for.
In order for Scotland to grow, develop and have a future, I believe, we have to vote YES for independence from the rest of the UK. I will be sad to leave the UK, but if a relationship is not working, what’s the point in dragging it out and making things worse.
Whilst I understand that the decision, for most people, to vote to break away from the rest of the UK is one that could be seen as one that has many risks, uncertainty and it may feel scary. I believe it’s no different from any other big decision in life. It comes down to if you want to be able to choose your own path, if you want to be an adult and to take those tough choices yourself. It’s like deciding to move out of your family home, to become and independent adult. The Scottish parliament was Scotland’s equivalent of going to College or University or getting your first apprenticeship / job, it’s a good move but ultimately you have to move on, get your own space, be yourself, instead of being confined in the bubble of family life. Moving out doesn’t mean that you won’t keep in touch, that you will loose everything, that everything suddenly changes. No. Moving on is good, healthy and helps everyone, going on your own is part of life, part of the path we all must tread.
Making tough decisions is about looking at where you are now and where you you think your future lies and making the choices that you feel comfortable with, that will take you to where you want to be, where your heart lies. Life is rarely easy, and big life decisions often come with great risk and great struggle, but ultimately, they are worth every moment of that struggle, just to come out the other side stronger, happier and look back on what you have achieved, the lessons learnt and realise how you have grown from the experience.
I look forward to the future and hope that Scotland makes, what I believe to be, the right decision later this year and votes YES for independence.
Disclosure: For as long as I can remember I have wanted to live an independent Scotland. Throughout my adult life I have consecutively voted for the SNP [Scottish National Party] because they were the only party offering independence as an option and during their time in power both in the UK government and later in the Scottish government, I feel, they have delivered time after time, where other parties have failed to deliver for Scotland.
Whilst I do not always agree with some of their decisions (i.e. The Shore Energy Coatbridge plant see Monklands Residents Against Pyrolysis Plant on twitter and on Facebook ), in general they appear to stand for similar principals to my own.
History: I’d like to point out to readers who are not aware that a Scottish and Welsh Referendums on independence were also taken in 1979, where the majority of voters (51%) voted for Scotland to be independent. Unfortunately I was too young to even remember this event, let alone participate, but I understand that the wording of the referendum was confusing and ‘It required the Secretary of State to lay before Parliament an order repealing the Act unless at least 40% of the eligible electorate voted “yes” ‘, with less than 33% of the voters, voting YES, the act was then repealed.