It’s no secret that we’ve wanted to get out of Scotland for a while now.
As much as I like living near Edinburgh, the constant threat by the SNP to break up the UK has taken its toll.
There’s also the fact that my wife is taxed more in Scotland than she would be if we lived in any other part of the UK.
But this week brings hope that we might finally get out and could decide our future.
The Bonner Family: A New Hope
On and off my wife has been looking for new opportunities South of the border for a few weeks now.
It’s a bit of a lottery because of the level of seniority she’s now at in the education sector.
There are tonnes of people all going for the same stuff and it’s tricky to move forward.
That could all change in the next couple of days though and I’m excited about the prospect.
I don’t want to jinx it because it’s a great opportunity.
But we’re more than ready for a change and we’re bursting out of the seams in the property we’re living in.
My Love Of Scotland Has Soured
In 2005 I persuaded my wife that we should move to Scotland.
I went to university in Edinburgh in the 1990s and loved living here.
At that time, the SNP weren’t a problem and the world was a much nicer place without them.
Then in 2007 Alex Salmond rose to power and things started to go downhill fast.
The 2014 referendum to separate from the rest of the UK was one of the lowest points.
It felt like they were trying to tear my world apart; much like Brexit is going to.
We should have used it as a sign to decide our future in Scotland sooner in hindsight.
Gradually, I’ve now come to the point of no return and my wish to leave SNPland has become stronger and stronger.
I Had The Worst Three Years Of My Life In Scotland
Whilst I was still working in Edinburgh, I had three of the worst years of my life.
At the time, I thought they were okay and sometimes good but looking back on them I can now say they were the worst.
I was misguided in being friends with a work colleague who I had nothing in common with.
Sounds like an ideal bloke to call a friend?
Well, I ended up drinking too much, spending too much money and changing who I was to try to fit in.
It was a relief to become a stay at home dad, to remove myself from the situation and bring myself back from the brink.
I thought I was having a nervous breakdown!
This Week Could Decide Our Future In Scotland And I’m Keeping Everything Crossed
If all goes to plan, we’ll be out of Scotland by the end of the year.
No more concerns about the SNP and less tax to pay!
I am literally keeping everything crossed.
If it doesn’t go to plan, it’s back to the drawing board.