Today is the day that Scotland decides on its future! While I am very disappointed to not have the right to vote, I am thrilled by the level of political engagement taking place; people are discussing what they want from a democracy with their friends, family, neighbours, teammates, and colleagues. A friend wrote about this engagement.
Honey and I went to the polling station this morning just after 7am and it was busier than I have seen it at that time for previous votes and elections. This makes me proud. I have also felt proud to see people on Scotland show passionate patriotism. I do not mean the ‘patriotism’ shown when Scotland’s rugby squad is playing or any other sports type patriotism which is generally the strongest sort displayed, but real discussions and beliefs that Scotland could be better (regardless of the outcome) and that it is our duty to drive that change. Pride in the country, what it is and what it could be. In the past decade I’ve lived here, I have never seen such a high level of pride in this nation coupled with the crucial belief that what citizens want to see is valid and worth acting on. I hope that this is the start of a more engaged society because it makes me proud and I believe that it can take us far!