September 16, 2020

Is it possible to let go of our perspectives and, in doing so, our trauma?

Raymond Wilson

Travel/Self-Reflective WritingMooching Yin; Wandering Yang., 2020

There are certain assumption we make about ourselves and the way the world works – perspectives, passed down through generations and shared within communities, that largely go unchallenged. In my case, and for many from the west of Scotland, this perspective falls under the phenomenon known as ‘Scottish Miserabilism’: a certain hopelessness and hard-done-by spirit, given to us by a mix of weather, politics and poverty, that cause many to feel uninspired and self-depreciating. Mixed within a global culture where identity has became a key consideration, we often prescribe ourselves rigid definitions and traits based on where we’re from, what we look like, and what we do. The political, psychological and spiritual discussions of ‘trauma’ further the conversation, and show us that these cultural messages can leave us incapacitated. Letting go of these ideas through exploring/allowing other perspectives can allow us to heal and feel freer. Knowing the root of our problems, as well as our community’s history and context is incredibly important, and these conversations should continue to strengthen the Scottish nation. I also believe it is equally important to tell the stories that look beyond the brutality and grit of Scotland’s ongoing struggle, and explore our imaginative selves.