So it has happened our friends. The results are in. The Uk has voted to leave the European Union and it is now down to the politicians to take the next steps to make this very big thing happen (or to quit their jobs and pass the buck around like a ‘dutchie’ on the left hand side). But what does this mean for friendship?
Some of us lost thousands over night due to the fall in value of the pound, many people who have been studying, working, & living here for years are worried about their future in this country, and others are happy that in some not quite, currently, conceivable way… they have control of their country back.
This vote has torn friendships, families, and communities…. well the whole of the UK almost down the middle. There have been clear divides talked about in the news; Old vs Young, Scotland vs England, North vs South, London vs England, Rich vs Poor, etc.
Browsing social media and the popular press, one would not be blamed for thinking this has the potential to get out of hand. Protest marches, incidents of racist crimes, friendships ruined, and more of a likelihood to seek the company of your kind of people (however you define that).
Social We was created for many reasons, but with one ultimate goal.
To bring people closer together.
To create a platform that allows people to meet, to experience new things, to experience new points of views, to widen our horizons, and to enjoy all of the opportunities that are out there. Together.
When we ONLY seek out the company of people who share our exact views, likes, dislikes, political opinions, fashion, and tastes it’s easy to believe we are gaining weight to the notion that we are in the right.
However, we do not believe that this is the case. Whether you are WAY over there on the left, or WAY over there on the right. You, likely, have a lot of blind spots.
The world doesn’t move to the beat of just one drum. Now, more than ever, it’s important to put yourself out there and meet new people. Engage with people you may never have in the past, try new things, and get to know the person behind the stigma you’ve attached to them.
Whether it’s a nationality, a religion, a political view point, a favourite sports team, a preference in food or drink, a taste in music or film, or any other small part of what makes us who we are… there is always something to like, respect, and learn in a person, though sometimes you may have to dig!
Traveling is good for the soul, it allows you to fully immerse yourself in a new culture, a new environment, and you’re forced to interact with an entirely new set of people. To question your own preconceived opinions.
The beautiful thing about living in a cosmopolitan, multicultural and modern city, like London, is you actually have opportunities to do this on a daily basis. There are millions and millions of people, with all kinds of stories to tell, coming from all over the world, looking to write the next fun chapter in their lives.
You, as an individual, have a choice to make. Do you want to watch life pass you by, comfortable with your limited number of friends, experiences, and opinions? Or do you want to take an active role in your life, get out there and meet new people and experience new things? I’m yet to meet someone who has done the latter and not felt their life become enriched through the experience.
Social We is about people. It’s about friendship. It’s about all kinds of people getting together to do all kinds of things.
Our slogan, now more than ever, rings true.
‘Be excellent with each other’.
The Social We team 😀