In July last year after having taken a stroke the hospital consultant told me in no uncertain manner that I would die in the next 5 years. That is a pretty brutal thing to say to anyone. He was in no doubt that I would be gone from either a massive stroke or a heart attack. No Ifs, no Buts, No doubts about it.
Given my family history..he may be right. My mother died at the age of 62 from pancreatic cancer. My grandmother died of cancer in a similarly early age. My father lasted a bit longer into his early 70’s before dying of heart failure. My brother died a couple of years back at the age of 67.
The prognosis is not good.
I may or may not make it much longer, only time will tell.
So given all that dire possible consequence, there would not be really much point in me worrying myself what will happen politically as far as Scotland is concerned. Indeed why should I care at all what happens when I very possibly may not be around to see it?
Quite simply, even if I somehow manage to last a wee bit longer, and even make it beyond what that consultant says… I will very probably be gone from this earth in the next 20 years at best. I am nearly 60 now, so not much longer to go.
I have seen my Uncle and Brother gone and never seen the Independent Scotland they desired to see. I have seen great friends go, who fervently wished for the same, and I miss them all dearly.
I so wish they had seen the day Scotland chose to be free again, but they never did see the day. Very possibly I will join them in the great there yonder and never see my wish either.
So, why Care?
Seemingly according to some polls, the vast majority of 60 plusses in Scotland are against Independence. I really don’t know how true that is? But If these are accurate statistics, I have to ask why?
Some seem to care about what happens to their pension. Some seem to be tied to the British State through Britishness and World Wars. Some for reasons to do with religion from a bye gone age. Some simply because they are adverse to change.
Whatever their reasons, they are wrong!
None of these things matter anymore.
They and I will be gone soon enough….
What really should matter to them, is not even politics, or tribes, or religion.. None of these things should count.
As the old order passes, as it is sure to do. What do we wish for those who come after us?
Peace, Hope, Prosperity and the freedom to choose their own path without the baggage of the likes I and those of their forebears chose to have bequeathed them.
I may not see the day
But I fervently hope my children live to have a good life in an Independent Scotland and choose their own paths wherever these roads may lead.
But till the day I go….. I will fight on…..and maybe still yet see the day that Scotland chooses its own fortunes in the world once more.