I’ve always been interested in the issue of independence for the sake of my own future, even though the UK is still there.
And I’m not alone in that view.
The country is still in the grip of the Great Game of the UK Independence Question.
In fact, independence is one of the few questions in the UK to have a strong ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote.
I don’t know what the best outcome would be, but I’ve decided to vote in the referendum because it is an opportunity to help shape our future.
I’m a bit biased, but this referendum is about what the future holds.
But there’s another side to this story too.
As a Briton, I’m an outsider.
I’ve never been to Scotland.
I haven’t spent a whole lot of time there, but the people of Scotland have, for the most part, been my friends.
They’ve supported me through difficult times and helped me get through some tough times.
When I’m in the middle of a stressful time, they’ll come up to me and offer me a lift.
They know that I love them and they’ll help me get back on my feet.
So, I can relate to their frustrations when I’m feeling low.
But, I know that this isn’t a referendum about me.
It’s about my people.
And the Scots are the only people in the world who have taken the decision to make this happen.
As a native Briton I’m privileged to have experienced many things, and I’ve grown up knowing that it’s not easy to live here, especially when it comes to our own future.
But as a British citizen I’m only able to enjoy those experiences because I’ve lived here all my life.
But this referendum isn’t just about me, it’s about the future of the country.
If I vote yes I want to see that Scotland stays the same.
I want that we stay together.
And as a Brit who grew up here, I want it to stay together too.
That’s why I’m going to vote no.
But for the people who voted yes, I hope that we can keep the relationship that exists between us.
My vote for independence means I can be a part of something bigger than myself, because it’s the only thing I can see as my own.
And it means that I’ll be able to see a better future for my children, because they’ll see the light at the end of the tunnel.
It will mean I can keep living in my house, because I’ll know that my family will never have to leave.
This is my vote, and it’s yours, and yours alone.
But the only way I can guarantee that I’m doing the right thing is by taking this opportunity to speak out.
And that’s why this vote is for the betterment of the future, for all of the people here, and for the future I want for Scotland.
And if you’re still undecided, I’d really like to hear from you.
We’re always listening.
If you want to get involved, get in touch and share your views.