Oh no, another Brexit Post

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you should well know that tomorrow is a very important day for the people of the UK. Tomorrow sees the referendum on whether or not Britain should remain a part of the EU, or go it alone.

For the most part, I try to keep my views on politics off my blog and social media platforms, as quite frankly, for the most part I don’t want to get into arguments and lose friends over views which may differ from my own. That being said, I will share my two cents on a few issues surrounding what is going on here.

Firstly, I have come to the conclusion that this whole thing is just one enormous farce. There is very little in the way of concrete facts or evidence to back either side of the argument, and rather a lot of scare mongering and unwanted opinions which are as welcome as an unsolicited dick pic. I honestly can’t see how the average person has the information they need to make a well informed choice. It’s all rumour, speculation and pretty offensive memes. It would actually be pretty refreshing if someone would actually step forward and say; ‘Actually, I have no idea what will happen if we leave.’

Secondly, the build up to this referendum seems to have brought out the very worst in people. I have seen some very savage arguments from both sides, although one side seems to be shouting much louder than the other. You know what? I’m actually really disappointed with the mud slinging behaviour people have been demonstrating during this process. There has been very little in the way of healthy if heated debate. There have been times where I have come online recently and been really bloody disappointed with how people I am friends with, or even related to show such a dark side of humanity. I suppose to say I am shocked wouldn’t be a surprise, we all know how awful human kind can be, but I am pretty scared.

Scared for the future, whatever the outcome. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the large scale sniping and underhand tactics applied so widely since this event came about. It’s really nothing to be proud of. I’m sick of the whole ‘We want our country back’ bullshit. The world is a very small place these days, people travel and relocate more and more, we are so lucky to live in an age where we are free to up and leave pretty much whenever we want (because we are!) The world doesn’t belong to us anymore, it’s even better than that, the world belongs to us all and we are free to see as much or as little of it as we want. Surely that is an amazing thing?

History has a bad habit of repeating itself, so it is very important to remember, that whatever side of the fence you are on, that we are lucky to be able to live in the democracy that we do. The two world wars have been brought up countless times on both sides of the debate, so lets remember that the greatest thing to come out of that was our freedom to use our voice. So whatever decision you make, please go out and vote tomorrow. If you’re still sitting on the fence, there is still time to do your research, or even just go with your gut, but please just vote.

I know how I will be voting. I have done my research and combined that with what my gut is telling me and feel that the choice I have made is the right one. However, I am not an economic expert, a politician or a diplomat, so all I can do is hope for the best. This has led me to even question whether or not this decision should have been put in the hands of he British public at all? We aren’t informed with the correct, impartial information, facts and statistics that we need to be able to make such a huge decision. Not just one that may affect our lives, but those of future generations.

I guess that only time can answer that question. We all know what a powerful thing hindsight can be, so lets use these last few hours to think ahead and do what we can to contribute to a positive outcome. There’s too much to lose if we don’t.

Normal service will resume shortly. Stay tuned for more kitties and sub-standard photography related tales.

Advertisements

Three years of Neko!

Today, Facebook kindly reminded me that is has been exactly three years since my favourite bundle of fur came into our lives.

Baby Noo

Here he is in one of the very first pictures we have of him. It took a while to get him to stay still enough to get a photo which wasn’t just a little white blur!

boyses

We don’t really have that problem anymore luckily!

My beautiful boy. He brings me so much joy.

Radio Silence

Hi everyone.

It’s 1.37 am on a Sunday morning and my late night procrastination has led me here. My eyes feel heavy but my brain won’t switch off, it’s just nagging me about all the things I need to do, should be doing or should already have done but haven’t. I was going to save something for the morning, but figured I may as well get it out of my system in the hopes I may actually get some sleep.

Firstly, I’d like to apologise for the Radio Silence. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to write, it’s not that I no longer want to do this, I’ve literally just had nothing to say. I’ve been in a state of static the last few weeks. Life just seems to be standing still and I’m trying to push it forward, but it isn’t really happening. I felt my voice and my thoughts haven’t really been very relevant so have kept them to myself.

Then I realised, it has been exactly one month since I shot anything and almost a month since I last wrote anything, so these things combined have kind of shocked me into action a little bit. I should be doing something, no matter how little or insignificant. Periods of unemployment can be painfully demotivating, so it’s so important to keep yourself busy or you begin to crash out of life. While I currently have no shoots planned, I think I am slowly coming back to life.

I’ve been feeling really hollow and insignificant recently, I’m constantly running myself down and I need to snap out of it. I just need my fortunes to change, even if it is only ever so slightly, just so I can get on again.

So, what has been happening? Well, I’ve been spending most of my time looking for work. This is taking up most of my days at the moment, and I’ve just been on another run of unsuccessful job interviews, which is really starting to take it’s toll. I’m starting to lose the joy in doing things which I’ve always been so passionate about, and just generally feeling pretty ‘meh’ about everything. I hate it.

The past few days have started to pick up a little. I decided I needed to be doing something more useful with my time, so as of this Wednesday, I will be volunteering at my local Cats Protection charity shop, which I am really looking forward to. I’m so excited to be doing something worthwhile and actually gaining some useful skills in the process.

Joe has been working on a new design for my website. It’s looking really good so far, I just need to sift through thousands of files now in order to find some nice, strong content to put on it. I will write another update on that once it’s launched.

I have a few small ideas which I am researching in a last ditch attempt to save my failing Photography career, I just need to research my market a little more and see if it’s worth taking the time to pursue. If it isn’t, no harm done, but I am seriously low on ideas and fast running out of luck.

This could in turn lead to me having to make a very serious decision about whether I even want to stay in this industry. There is no specific reason for my recent pessimism towards it, but I will write a more detailed post about that another time, as a good rant often helps clear the air, and the way to carry on. If I do decide to leave though, I need to have a long hard think about what I’m going to do instead. I have no transferable skills, so that still doesn’t make me very employable.

It’s safe to say that I am in a state of flux at the moment. Hence the long silence, for which I apologise. Hopefully, things will start to work themselves out and business can continue as normal, but as much as I am trying, I am not feeling particularly optimistic about this happening any time soon.

Hopefully, I will be able to look back on this post in a few months time and realise it has all just been a critical case of creative block.