The week that was.

Well, that was quite a week wasn’t it.

On reflection, the emotions played out have been as unpredictable as the British weather.  There have been spells of utter happiness, interludes of stress with a huge front of sadness and disbelief.  In hindsight, I wish I had looked at the emotional forecast at the beginning of the week, as some emotions have hit with such force because we were so unprepared.  The effect of this tumultuous week has left me quite low and downcast on this grey, Sunday afternoon.

The crack of thunder and lightning on Friday was what truly knocked me off my feet.  That thunderous result of the referendum.

I’m not angry, I am just sad.  Sad at the opportunities that might be lost for my children.  Sad at the opportunities that might be lost for others.  Sad that whilst we are still European, our relationship is now different.  I hope that the future will be brighter and that life out of the EU will afford us the freedom that has been promised.  At the moment, all I can feel is utter loss and grief for what has gone and will never be retrieved.  I know that those who are pleased with the result have possibly felt this way for the last 40 years and this is by no means a challenge or attack on those who wanted to exit.  Instead,  I am trying to make sense of the rawness and depth of my emotions.  I feel as though I have been punched in the stomach and have a constant feeling of dread and foreboding.  Gosh, this all sounds dramatic, but it is truly how I feel.  I feel that we have lost opportunities forever with no sense at all of how this chasm in our society will be filled.  I don’t know what to tell my children about what the future might look like; I don’t know anyone who can.

Tomorrow is another day, the start of another week.  The forecast at the moment looks unsettled with periods of sunshine; here’s hoping for a sunnier and brighter one.

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9 thoughts on “The week that was.

  1. This is exactly how I feel too – though you have managed to express it better than I could. Xx hope positive changes and progress is made soon as I currently have that anxious feeling you get with the uncertainty that follows a redundancy

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  2. I have read a few posts similar to yours and I have to be honest and say that I really don’t get it….the feeling of loss and grief. No-one has died, Britain is still in Europe geographically, we can still travel to other parts of Europe and the rest of the world. Financial implications cannot be determind fully at this early knee jerk stage….and so the list goes on. I’m a Labour voter and I get that its a let down when the vote doesn’t go your way, I’ve rolled my eyes following the last couple of general elections, knowing that what little I have will be sqeezed a little bit more by the powers that be. But I never feel the dread that you speak of. That said, I didn’t really have strong feelings either way on this ballot as I see negatives to both in and out. Ultimately it won’t be the decision itself that hampers us, but the reaction of the government, businesses, media and British public.

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    1. We all respond to situations in different ways I suppose which is what makes us all wonderfully unique. I have felt disappointment before following elections etc. I’m surprised at the depth of my feelings as much as you are. As you say, there will be some positive aspects of leaving the EU and I look forward to them also. Happy Sunday 😃

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  3. Hi, I was in Europe when we found out the result, and I too was shocked, I really didn’t expect it! However, I have to say that the Europeans we spoke to after the result were all lovely, no negatives, and although they too wonder how it will play out, they are watching and waiting. Many of them (French and German) would love to leave the EU. Balance this against all the WW1 sites and Memorials I visited, and I just hope against hope that it all works out for the best, that we have learned at least some of the lessons of the past and that by taking our time, and thinking it through before beginning the exit, we can remain friends with our European neighbours.

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  4. It’s been such a crazy, crazy couple of weeks now, and more than anything it makes me so sad that nothing worthwhile seems to be getting done, no plans are being made to sort out the difficulties we now face. And some people, who I know by no means represent the leave-side, have used this result as an excuse to push a horrible racist agenda. I’m sad, this week to be British.

    You write with such poise and grace about this – I haven’t dared write anything at all political as I don’t think I would manage to restrain myself at all! In fact, I’d better stop now in case I dig myself into a hole. I just hope that we can make something positive out of the situation we now find ourselves in!

    Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

    Rebecca xx
    http://www.thestyleshake.com

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    1. Hi Rebecca, it’s a momentous time in our history which we should have strong and passionate feelings about. I cannot hide my disappointment and sadness about what we have lost, particularly because it is not evident what we are going to gain. I totally understand your feelings and how deep they run. Go blog about it – you must! It does help to try to make sense of it all. I would love to read it! Take care and stay strong xxx

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    2. On a another completely different note, I notice from your blogs you are an Apple fan. Can you recommend a MacBook? X

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