REASONS MY CITY FELT DIFFERENT TODAY
I'm a born and bred Londoner and everyday I snuggle into the fact I'm there, but today's Brexit shifted this. (thanks @JennyJLee for inspiring me to li.st these thoughts!)
- •The silence was full of people thinking the same thingOn my train, everyone whose shoulder I glanced over was reading stuff about the pound plummeting, Farage backtracking, Facebook posts about the awfulness of it all... you could tell the uncertainty was on everyone's minds
- •There was a lot of sighing in the officeI kept catching myself sighing heavily. We're usually an office of laughter and productivity but today we were an office of deflated balloons!
- •I saw a lot more people having conversations in the streetsWhich trust me, NEVER happens in London..! It was cool but obviously under tough circumstances. Had a lot of these conversations: "Hey, how are you?" "Well fine, but.." "I know."
- •People walked slowerAs if just giving up. Normally we're all charging about, on a mission, but there was a slower pace to the city today. I know I walked slower for sure.
- •Felt weird being in area renowned for diversityDid a lot of walking around Bethnal Green in east London where there are people from all walks of life and it was strange. I just felt sad that these wonderful people may not feel so welcome any more. The friendly Italian barista gave me a free piece of fancy rocky road and AND I DON'T WANNA LEAVE THE EU.
- •It was a beautiful sunny dayBut ironically It was overshadowed by the atmosphere.
- •Brexit has already directly affected meThe charity I work for relies on funding from various banks and similar firms, some of which may move to Dublin or elsewhere in the EU. I was talking with one of our contacts and she said "there's lots of questions and no answers"
- •It just didn't feel like the lively, busy, interesting London that I know and love 💔I spent the whole day just wanting to be back home in bed watching Parks and Rec and eating ice cream