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Why I'm Voting Yes for Scottish Independence

02/09/2014 16:49 | Updated 02 November 2014

This month, like everyone else in Scotland, I'm going to be casting the most important vote of my life so far. Despite voting in every election I've been able to, this is the first time when I feel like my vote will actually count for something. It's my chance to change the country I live in for the better, and I don't understand anyone who wouldn't want to see that happen.

I was born in Falkirk, studied in Glasgow (with no tuition fees I should add) and now I work in Edinburgh. While my dad who is approaching 60 says he has always felt British, I have always felt Scottish. So in just over two weeks' time on 18 September, I'll be voting Yes for an independent Scotland.

My decision to vote Yes is not one I'm taking lightly, yet it's one that feels completely natural. I haven't had to do months of soul searching to come to this conclusion. It just feels right for me and the country I live in. After all, why wouldn't we want to live in a country that makes its own decisions? At the moment, we're living with a London based parliament making our decisions for us. Of course, Scotland has the right to make some of the choices, but a lot of the decisions which affect us are still being decided by people in London. Can they really have our best interests at heart? And more importantly, can they even understand our needs?

When I've been speaking to friends and work colleagues about the referendum, a lot of people are afraid of the unknown and the changes that an independent Scotland will bring. But there's nothing to guarantee that we won't face worse changes after the next UK general election anyway. It now seems unlikely that the Liberal Democrats will make any sort of mark come next May, so that leaves us torn between David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nigel Farage. Even if you're not a big fan of Alex Salmond, you have to admit that he knows what's best for Scotland much more than they do.

Everyone has their own individual reasons for voting for or against independence, and I certainly have my own. As a woman who hopes to have children one day, I want them to grow up in the best country possible. I don't want them growing up knowing I could have voted for Scotland to become a better place, but simply didn't want to take the risk.

The future generations of Scotland deserve to live in a country that has control over its own economy. A country where young people can continue to benefit from a free education, and then thrive as more job opportunities are created for them. We'd also be living in a country with free prescriptions, and one that doesn't have an NHS under threat from privatisation.

With just over two weeks to go until we go to the polls, I really hope the people of Scotland grasp this historical opportunity for all it's worth. The No campaign might think we're better together, but surely if that was true then we'd already be better together. This leaves us with just one viable option. That option is to vote Yes and see our country head in the direction it deserves for the people who actually live in it.