At the risk of sounding like a Bremoaner I’ve got to say it still makes me sad that Brexit is happening.
I’m not one for politics and do not know the in’s and out’s of the business side of things, that is whether it is good to be in or not economically. In fact I’ll stop there as I don’t really know what I’m talking about when it comes to that stuff. My sadness stems from a more personal level of my experience at being part of the EU and how the perks of the international community that I thew myself into as young adult shaped me as a person and changed my life forever! Dramatic I know.
Those five years opened me up culturally, socially, emotionally and enabled me to pursue my craft of graphic design and illustration.
My EU Experience
I voted remain… clearly. I did so because of the opportunities available to me when I was 22 and that was in the form of the Leonardo Da Vinci programme I went on after I graduated. The programme allows you to work in a European country for 3 months in your field of study to get practical experience. I went to Estonia and worked for a company called Optimist. A 3 month placement turned into 5 years out there, after which I was married to a local and had my first born, Jack, out there too. Those five years opened me up culturally, socially, emotionally and enabled me to pursue my craft of graphic design and illustration. With us leaving the EU will that opportunity now be lost?
Back In The UK
I have since returned to the UK for various family reasons but my experience is still very much part of my heart and it pains me to think that the golden opportunity might be gone for future generations. What about my kids? Both Estonian and British what will the future be for them? So many questions and I won’t know the answers until the actual day happens. Maybe we will be better off but the thought that my kids wont be able to do what I did and have choice and freedom makes me feel bad for them. I guess I’ll have to wait and see.
I still feel part of Estonia as I do to my own country it just feels in many ways like I’m loosing an old friend.