Its been a year. A year since I stepped out on this adventure to become a vegan.
I can’t believe a year has gone by, 2015 flew. I also can’t believe this lifestyle has been my lifestyle for over a year. I haven’t been perfect (there’s no such thing anyway) and I have faltered along the way but I also haven’t beaten myself up about things, I haven’t regretted the decision for a single day and I also have never felt better.
I love the fact that my life is now virtually free from cruelty, that I am no longer partaking in the cruel hidden rituals of suffering metered out everywhere around the world in the name of our tastebuds and that I’ve re-connected with a moral compass I sort of lost along the way there for a while.
Thank you to my husband for your support – I know its been possibly harder for you than it has been for me. And thanks to my friends for questioning but never judging.
What have I learned along the way in this journey of mine?
- There is more cruelty being metered out to helpless sentient beings than I ever imagined possible
- That reading is my best friend – I have learned so much this year simply from reading and absorbing from whatever I can get my hands upon
- That people, not just animals, suffer from the mass production of dairy and meat – those working in slaughterhouses suffer from addiction, relationships breaking down, PTSD and more – to cope with what they do and see each day
- That most people are curious and ask intelligent and insightful questions of why but that some are just closed to it and choose to be defensive instead
- That the support of my husband, friends and family has been more valued than they will ever know – esp when I read online about how cruel and judgemental the loved ones of others are to them – I count myself very lucky
- That people surprise you – at least 3 friends have become vegetarian and one vegan in 2015 – from watching Earthlings and choosing to become more informed
- That there is hope – there are so many amazing vegan groups online and on FB and I love reading their daily comments and recipe ideas
- That there are some serious hardcore vegan police out there – who I choose not to engage with. They are merciless and unforgiving (and passionate which I respect). They are the ones who – undoubtedly – make change happen but also alienate along the way
- The best way to engage others is to be open, honest and gentle in the delivery of your reasons why
- That I don’t feel the need to wear my veganism like a badge – there are many who love their t-shirts etc but I don’t feel like I need to advertise it. I never wore a vegetarian t-shirt – why the need for a vegan one? Each to their own. No judgement for those who do but for me its my personal choice and nothing more.
- That so many are quick to condemn cruelty but far less are as quick to change anything as a result
- That milk is really really terrible for you and that the marketing of it as the best source of calcium astounds me
- That govts and the food industry are in bed together all over the world
- That making a buck seems to be more important than doing the right thing by a nations citizens and animals and thus cruelty reigns supreme
- That there is no looking back. I can’t un-know what I now know and…that life is better this way.
Here’s to the future, to what I have learned and what I have yet to learn.
Thank you to those who follow this blog and good luck to all those just starting on this journey.