HAPPY!!! SO HAPPY!!!

I love feeling happy! It’s doesn’t happen probably as much as it should but when it does, POW! Its consuming and delicious.

The reason for my happiness is something close to home; the Scottish referendum happened over the course of the last 48 hours and Scotland voted NO to independence. I spent the last two days feeling almost sick to my stomach at the thought my beloved county was facing the possibility of being broken up and plunged into uncertainty, however that was thankfully not to be. I was up until 3am this morning glued to my laptop as I watched the live stream of Scotland Decides from the BBC and I now know they are all to have a driech day weather wise (dreary, wet and stormy).

But with my personal elation come other peoples heartbreak. Although the NO vote won, it wasn’t by a landslide. Glasgow was the only major city to secure a strong YES vote followed by Dundee while Aberdeen and Edinburgh remained the opposite. From the very first result the surprises kept coming for the SNP and unfortunately it got clearer and clearer that people just didn’t want to risk putting their country into turmoil without a strong plan for the future. The bullying and the scare-tactics used bruised and battered both sides of the division to the point it got vicious towards the end; people’s homes were vandalized, posters constantly being torn down or burnt and folks forced to leave their towns to avoid being ostracized for their opinion. At the end of the day the quiet uncertainty screamed the loudest and the UK is to remain a united nation.

I do hope, however, the government takes this result as a serious learning curve; for a long time they brushed the referendum off, thinking there was absolutely no possibility it would cause a separation and they were caught with their pants down 3 months before now with a sudden realization that actually, yes, Scotland might go that way. Talk about a mad scramble! Right now they are probably praising themselves for all their hard work but it seems it was done right in the end rather than all through the 2 years this process has taken. The YES campaign deserve recognition for their dedication to the cause. If that determination can come about for something as positive as wanting a better life for all Scots then it should be channeled correctly and used for the good of the country. It should also be noted that the 90% turnout for the vote is historical and if those numbers came out for every election I’m sure people would feel a little more in control.

Politics is politics and there will never be something in place that appeases everyone but I do hope that the lessons put forward from this event is taken seriously and is followed through to give the people of Scotland a stronger voice and an equal footing in the affairs of the country. I am proud to have witnessed these events and even prouder the UK remains the UK.

Why crap on anyone’s parade?

I’m not a huge follower of many things but I have a few select YouTube videos I like and a select few bloggers I find fun to read, I have Instagram and Twitter and the book of face. While reading a blog the other day I noticed there are quite a few people voicing concerns about publicly posted negative comments and the effect it has on them.

Social media, as we all know, is a double edged samurai sword. It can be brilliant, it can be positive, it can be productive but it can also be deadly, vicious and extremely negative. Prime examples of late have been the heart-breaking stories of teenagers committing suicide due to ‘cyber-bullying’. The scary part is the the Trolls who take the time and effort to be down right vile can be anyone in the world; one teenager in the US who committed suicide was hounded by classmates along with someone in Europe, a total stranger. It’s disgusting. What makes a random stranger feel the need to act out like that?

I follow quite a few tattoo artists on Instagram and I really enjoy looking at posted pictures of various forms of tattoo artistry. Some I look at and think ,’Eeeew!’ and others I will stare at for ages, marveling at the detail/color/image depicted on a persons body. My opinions are mine and I recognize that one persons’ likes won’t mirror mine but I wouldn’t dream of slamming a person publicly through social media, which is exactly what I saw happen to a very talented artist who goes by the name Paul Acker. He did a stunning Harry Potter leg piece which would have taken a lot of time and patience to complete. Looking at it, anyone worth their salt would say, ‘Wow! That’s quite something.’ Apparently some people did not think so and posted on his Facebook page their negative thoughts – some individuals didn’t like it, slammed his talent and said he had done a bad job all because the characters didn’t look exactly like the actors portrayed in the movies.

Why?

As a free thinking world we are entitled to opinions but to slam someone because they didn’t draw Harry Potter ‘properly’? Did J.K. Rowling feel the same when Daniel Radcliff was cast as her protagonist? He was probably as close as you could get to the character but it he would never be the Harry Potter we each, individually dreamed up as we read the books. To declare an individual persons’ expertise incompetent because it doesn’t match your personal opinion is so wrong! Do the haters take into account the actual level of capability artists possess when it come to tattoos? Sure, there are definitely people who should never be allowed near a tattoo needle, but in this case Paul Acker has serious talent. Just look at his work – it’ gruesome and not my kinda style but even so, I was amazed by some of the pieces he’s done.

 

Flip the coin; if you are going to put yourself out onto the world wide web then you have to expect an audience to have many views. You won’t please every singe person. I learnt that when I took a children’s book writing class through the University of Toronto. We all had to learn to accept that people will read/see/hear/think things totally different to what we originally wrote and sometimes it was really frustrating. With Social media there are a lot of voices, each with their own opinions and thoughts, but why get nasty? What’s the point? If you don’t like something, move on, don’t take time and effort to crap on someones parade!

One more person I am going to highlight, it’s to do with make up. This girls talent is MIND-BLOWING! Her name is Alexys Fleming, her YouTube Channel is here¬†and she has, in my humble opinion, a stunningly good talent as an make-up artist and body painter. I will freely admit her accompanying music can be a bit harsh and personally I find her thick Chicago accent funny to listen to, but all that aside she can do brilliant work! With that said, she also receives hateful messages through her Instagram/youtube account and it gets nasty. Individuals will leave comments saying her voice is horrible, her music choices are terrible, her art is worthless…why the hell did the hater watch the video in the first place?! Positive feedback far outnumber the negative and her loyal followers will tell the haters where to go but still, why go to the trouble of writing it in the first place?

Anyhoo, that’s my two-cents on the matter. I know one day I will probably get someone voicing their disapproval of my thoughts but hey, their entitlement and if it gets nasty I will tell them to bugger off! I wonder though how many people, normal, regular individuals, deal with this sort of behavior on a regular basis? What’s the worst thing someone has written about your blog and how did it get handled?