Bethannie is currently unemployed/freelance photographer and a member of the BBC Scotland NEXT panel.
Which young Scot inspires you?
The young scot that inspires me the most is my friend/friends. They may not be famous or world-changing, but they meet every challenge that comes their way and don’t let the world change who they are. Remaining true to yourself is very difficult in today’s climate.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is watching Scotland grow as a country and watching what kind of country we are becoming. Seeing our new achievements, such as our clean energy, ban on fracking and the Queensferry Crossing, and feeling proud of the country we live in.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
The thing I’d most like the older generations to know about young people is simply that it’s our time to shape the country. It’s a scary thought for everyone involved but we have to try. Try to be the change we want to see in the rest of the world and we’re not saying it’s going to be easy, change never is. But we have to try.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date is a difficult question to answer. Living life with a mental disorder means that everyday is filled with small achievements. But surviving education is probably the biggest collection of those small achievements.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
Even at 20 I still struggle to decide what I personally want in the future, but I guess I want to create something that I can look back at in 50 years’ time and be proud of. Something that I feel can last the test of time and still make a difference. And if this creation can impact one person’s life or perspective and change it for the better, then I’ll be content.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
My advice for young people in Scotland is that happiness is worth fighting for. The pursuit of happiness can be striving for that job you want or surrounding yourself with friends, but it can also mean allowing yourself time to rest and there is nothing wrong with that. But if you aren’t happy then something has to change because being unhappy isn’t something you should settle for.
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