This sounds weird…
Now this is absolutely not a political piece. People have cast their votes, the counters are currently squirrelling away – and I’ve been reflecting on how I’ve found the referendum as a city dwelling woman.
Whilst I’m sweating like a monk in the playboy mansion wondering what Britain I’m going to wake up to tomorrow that’s currently not my main take away. I was lucky enough to be in Oslo for their constitution day in May and I was absolutely baffled and totally in awe – not to mention green with envy – on the feeling in the city. That feeling of unity and common ground.
This week in London I felt less alone – it’s easy to feel lost in a big city. Solidarity on both sides is uniting and strengthening.
As I folded myself onto a Hammersmith & City line train like an origami contortionist I looked around me at all the political stickers and badges. I looked at those who were voting the same way as me and I got that same feeling I envied in Oslo. A feeling of similarity. In a big city you spend every day crammed into underground carriages or swaying like sardines as you stand on a bus. But very rarely do you get eye contact let along conversation, it’s ever rarer that you look around and really see people – wonder what their opinions are, hobbies, political and moral views, family, friends or pets.
When I looked around this week I saw such a huge variety of people – all shapes, sizes, ages and sexes all feeling the same way about a political decision. There was something so enamouring about that feeling of standing together, having something in common with the person next to me on the train.
I also felt a sense of female solidarity. We’ve only had the right to vote for 88 years and my one take-out is how far we’ve come as a nation in less than 100 years. Our great-great-grandmothers probably wouldn’t have been able to have their say. They wouldn’t have been considered important enough to make this decision. Whilst I’m sad that the campaigning and coverage of both campaigns was predominantly male focussed I’m really proud to see so many women taking their opportunity to vote.
I’m really going to miss that feeling after the result.
I’m really interested to know if anyone felt the same?