I have a confession. It’s something that I’m struggling to keep to myself. I feel like everyone is always talking about it; everywhere I turn there is ‘advice’ and ‘campaigns’ trying to make me give in.
All of my friends have done it and when I told them I hadn’t they were incredulous: “it’s your right!” they say, “everyone should do it at least once.” I’ve never been interested but now even 13 year- olds can’t wait. I’m going to be left behind.
I’m not usually one to give in to peer pressure but I think it’s time, I think I’m ready. I want to…vote! That’s right, I, Siobhan White, 25 years young, have never voted. In the seven years I have been eligible I have never bothered.
I feel now more than ever though, as a university graduate developing a career, mother of one and carer of both elderly and disabled people that I should and must have a say in what our government gets up to. I am, after all, now using the services that they (say they will) provide more than ever, so I should make the most of it, right?
Though my friends were incredulous they weren’t that shocked. It’s no secret that a lot of people my age don’t vote but it’s time that changed. Going in to schools means the thirteen year-olds I mentioned above are now more politically-minded and politically aware, meaning that they will be ready and willing to vote when the time comes.
Until the children of today are ready, though, it is up to us to listen to them and provide for their future by voting in May.
As well as the unmissable billboard and television campaigns, a quick internet search will educate you on each of the party’s proposed policies. So whether you’re an 18-25 year old that still isn’t sure what you want for dinner never mind the rest of your life, or if, like me, you are up to your ears in responsibilities, what we all do know is that we should have a say. Who are we to turn down what is, quite literally, a chance of a lifetime?