On March 29, 2017, UK Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, formally starting the two-year negotiation window to exit the European Union (i.e., "Brexit). Unless something radically changes, the UK will no longer be part of the EU come March 30, 2019. (If you're wondering what the heck Brexit is, check out the BBC's primer here.)
All right, now some context: Why does some American guy care about Brexit?
Long story short: Brexit fundamentally altered how I understood the world. I'll explore the reasons for that as I blog more, but suffice to say, it was big to me. Yuuuge, even.
Because of that, I've intently followed Brexit proceedings ever since, from the intrigue over who was going to replace David Cameron as prime minister to the UK's snap General Election in which Theresa May lost the Tories' majority in Parliament. It's fascinating stuff. (And a nice distraction from American politics, if I may say so myself.)
But back to Brexit: Basically, when a European Union member no longer wants to be part of the European Union, they make a formal declaration saying they want out. Once they do that, a two-year stopwatch begins, and the departing member and the rest of the union discuss what their relationship will be like going ahead. I guess you can liken it to divorce talks, in a way.
Anyways, because I respond well to random and arbitrary points in time, I pondered the following:
If a country can formally extract itself from a longstanding agreement in 730 days, think of what YOU as an individual can do!
So I wrote a post on Facebook challenging my friends to do the following:
- Set a goal to accomplish by March 30, 2019
- Predict one thing that will happen in your personal life by March 30, 2019 (like, a random, unexpected thing)
- Predict one thing that will happen in the world by March 30, 2019. Like, "I think the San Francisco 49ers will win the Super Bowl in February 2019!" It should arguably be realistic, though that has a wide bandwidth these days.
Essentially, it's a New Year's Resolution with a longer time frame and no reset button.
By starting this blog, I'm taking a step to my personal goal. We'll see how it goes--feel free to play along as well!