I sit here wanting to write something positive.
To be honest, I'm finding this very difficult. Like many of my generation here in the UK, I have found the past months extremely disheartening.
I think both sides can agree now that the vote to leave the EU was not a simple vote on sovereignty, but a vote on political and social direction of the country.
It was a vote of anger and frustration at a political machine that seems completely out of touch with the general everyday existence of normal citizens. A government which has successively punished people for the crime of being poor, being mentally ill, being disabled. The list goes on.
Whilst I wholeheartedly believe that we should have remained in the EU, I do sympathise with the people who felt that this was the chance for their voices to finally be heard.
However in the intervening weeks since the referendum it is clear that this will not be the case.
Austerity continues, instability continues and the only clear outcome so far has been volatility in the markets and imminent price increases.
I think again we see the same sense of disenfranchisement in the *very* imminent US elections.
Many voters simply feel that the status quo does not enrich them financially or socially. Because of this, they vote against the current establishment, despite the the fact they're voting for man who historically has never acted in their interests.
It's very easy for me to sit here and give you my very basic sociopolitical critique. I'll admit, I'm far from having any answers. To be honest I’m not even sure what the questions are.
But what I will say is that that whatever the outcome of Brexit and the US elections may be, I do believe in the people who are working towards making the world better, not dividing and conquering it.
It's very easy as someone who consumes mass media to feel like everything is going to hell.
I’m not going to sit here and pretend that things are actually all rosy in all western democratic states, or even globally, because we have some really scary shit to work out - overpopulation, ageing populations, inequality, global warming.
However what I do have is hope. I have faith in the compassionate nature of humanity. I have faith in the power of people to overcome oppressive systems, peacefully.
All of the good things which are happening in our world rarely make it to the main news, because disaster and chaos sell, not hope.
Good things are happening though, along with the bad, you just have to dig a little deeper to find them.
On that slightly cheerier note, I’m going to go and spend an uncomfortable evening awaiting the US election results.
Because whilst they do not directly affect me, the result will be important in a global sense, either way.