Though I was always sceptical that Yes could really the win the day, I still found myself incredibly disappointed when I awoke on September the 19th to find that Scotland had taken the democratic decision to remain a part of the United Kingdom.
Which it did. It may well have been a decision unfairly influenced by bias media and poor arguments, but the conspiracy theories hold no water with me and I’m not interesting in debating poorly researched circumstantial evidence and source-less claims.
However, disappointment aside I’ve found myself nothing short of totally inspired as to how passionate and engaged the people of Scotland have become during this referendum. There was an unprecedented electoral turn out, the apathetic youth of a nation were totally engaged, Political parties are seeing a surge in membership, communities are supporting each other through public acts of kindness, social media is alive with debate, even if a proportion of it is so ill-informed it makes me sick, and the out dated practices of the professional political class and the media is about to held to account by the electorate. Those are no small achievements.
It isn’t the stunning change that so many hoped for, but it is certainly the foundations of real change. That is a thrilling prospect. It can only be hoped that the attitudes of those disappointed, and of those smug in victory, don’t get in the way of this opportunity for us all to work together to forge a Scotland that is genuinely better. Whether that is a Scotland that stands alone or as a part of the UK doesn’t matter to me at this point, that change may or may not come, but it doesn’t mean that we should ignore the chances to change what we can just now.
Which isn’t to say that it isn’t already amazing. As these photographs prove. Shot at an event that was organised spontaneously late night via social media in less than 24 hours and was attended by up an estimated 1500 people, who were all united by a shared idea. A shared passion for something creative and inspiring. A shared desire for change.
Even in the wake of disappointment that’s still pretty amazing right? The people who took part in this sort of thing haven’t gone away. I can’t imagine their passion has either.