BELIEF. The reason every one of us is here, including this newspaper.

If you’re reading this column, you’re probably an independence supporter or at least find yourself curious about what an independent Scotland might look like.

It’s a notion that, although powered our every move in 2014, was lost somewhere post-indyref. The loss has been hard to recover from, and understandably, left our belief in tatters – alongside our hope.

I’ve found myself longing for the spirit of our 2014 campaign in recent years, with the movement seeming more divided and unenthused than ever. If there is one indomitable talent of the Yes movement, it’s our ability to grassroots organise and communicate with passion and conviction.

I miss that. I miss the energy that brought to those of us doing whatever we could to convince the people of Scotland of our vision. I miss the feeling of pure hope and unrelenting belief in a better future.

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Momentarily, we lost sight of it – the vision that Scotland could be better and do better. That it could be fairer, and more welcoming and more prosperous. We spent so long mourning our loss, dividing politically and arguing over bureaucracy that we left behind the spirit that brought us to this very juncture in the first place.

For the first time in what feels like a long time, I feel as though that spirit has been revived.

This weekend’s rally will be one for the ages.

With a host of new faces at the forefront of the new independence movement, it feels like the beginning of an entirely new campaign, underpinned by the outlook and principle that seen us more than double our support in 2014.

Polls have not shifted nearly as much as they should have in recent times, given that the UK Government gives us fresh arguments for a timely divorcing of our nations almost every single day.

I’d argue the reason is simply that the movement has not diversified enough. The same people who were at the top in 2014 have largely remained at the forefront of the campaign since – and if an undecided couldn’t identify with any of them at the time, that opinion is unlikely to dramatically shift over time.

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Young people, the most likely demographic to vote for independence, have been scarcely under-represented in leadership positions within the movement.

And youth wings have been much quieter and have been given much less focus than in years gone by. A changing of the guard and a rebrand of the goal has been a long time coming – and injects a whole new perspective and opportunity for growth.

When I got the call to co-host this weekend’s event, I had to sit with it for a minute.

When I think of my 2014 self, just starting out, without any background in politics or even a clue where to begin. I could never have dreamt back then that less than a decade later I’d be co-hosting the biggest independence rally in recent times, and launching a brand new youth platform.

In 2014, I took a leap of faith and dragged myself to a Young Scots for Independence meeting at Strathclyde University.

I was struggling with my interest in politics, none of my peers were interested in it and I was often teased for my participation – as if being political was something to be ashamed of or embarrassed about.

I was sick of being the only young person in the room at my local branch meetings and was desperate to meet some like-minded young people. That leap of faith introduced me to one of my best friends in the world and opened the door to so many opportunities that I had never even considered possible.

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That leap of faith is the reason I’ll be co-hosting on Saturday. It’s the reason I’ve worked on world-leading policy issues and it’s the reason I’ve built a career centred around my biggest passions.

That day alone sent me on an entirely different life-path, that I had never even seen signposted. For many, this Saturday will be a first. It will be a leap-of-faith occasion for potentially undecided voters, former no voters and young people who never got the chance to vote.

Being a first-timer is daunting; politics can feel impossible to participate in and downright inaccessible to some. If you are one of those people, even so much as considering a saunter past the event on Saturday – I’d encourage you to take your leap of faith. There has been no better occasion to do so in the last nine years.

You will quickly see that there is space in politics for you wherever you make it. That no-one is too inexperienced to be political.

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The notion that politics is just for old, rich, white men is one on its way out. The beauty of these events lies in the power that they hand to the average person.

Taking to the streets for the cause you believe in is power and belonging – the power to influence the change you want to see.

Change is not easily won or freely given. It’s fought for. It’s demanded. And it’s often found in the individual leaps of faith of those seeking to make it.

This weekend is an opportunity for campaign revival that has been so sorely needed. It’s our chance to re-grasp the vision that we spent so long building, taking more with us on the journey than ever before.

Life has been lost from our campaign for too long, it’s time now to reclaim it and indulge once again in the notion that led us here to begin with – belief.