Under a title like that, one would expect an article about health and environment issues, benefits and results. Although it’s all more than evident, the focus of my today’s post is about something else.
It’s about just what it says – how does it feel to be Vegan? How do you feel yourself, inside out? How do you feel among others? How do you feel your veganism under the Sun?
Someone posted a question on Facebook lately about how our families accept us as Vegans. And there came various answers, varying from “they support me” to “they mock me and ridicule my choices”. Or even, “I’m hungry at family gatherings if I don’t bring/make my own food” (that was me). Now we could go from “how sad”, “how rude”, or “how great” that is and that also wouldn’t make much of a difference.
BECAUSE WHAT REALLY MATTERS IN WITHIN US.
When I went vegan, it was very disturbing. Not because I didn’t want it. But because everything I was, ate and did before fell apart. And there was no coming back.
The way I cooked, the way I felt about food, about the world, about myself. I was a vegetarian already and I really didn’t have any second thoughts about it. But man I got thoughts.
Meat, sausages, patee TV comercials started to look like bloody Dexter episode. Dairy brings me back to those poor cow’s eyes that just begged out of being confined and tortured, back when I found myself on some dairy farm. I went out crying and that was, I think, the begining of my veganism. I cannot break an egg anymore. Driving through the rolling hills and seeing puffy sheep on pasture is not a beautiful landscape scene anymore, rather a horror intro. Hunters and fishermen give me the creeps. I go out and I have nothing to eat. People think I’m weird and are not affraid to shove it to my face. Ekhm.
See what I mean? Everything was different, everything was horrifying, everything was broken for me , I was broken for everything and nothing would ever be the same.
But I’m not looking back.
Because that “brokennes” yearned a feelings of… being free? Peaceful? Like I’m doing a right thing? Good about myself and what I’m doing in my own little square under the Sun.
BEING VEGAN FEELS FREE, PEACEFUL, HEALTHY AND MORE IN HARMONY WITH NATURE AND THYSELF.
It’s still horrifying sometimes, because the world is as it is. There is meat, there are animal farms, there is so much more and you know it. There are so many people suffering in this world too, even worse than milking cows and incarcerated chicken. So much pain for every living being and this new mind setup, along with more kindness and thoughtfulness brought so much more avarenes to all this pain in the world.
But there are so many positive changes in last decade or two, don’t you agree? This new paradigm is getting to more and more people and they start to realise and care more about what they eat, the quality of produce and products. People read labels, care more about what they wear, buy, recycle. About the environment they live in. There are more animal shelters than ever. Being vegan or not, the kindness is spreading.
KIND EXAMPLE IS THE BEST TEACHER.
I never preach to people, I respect everyone’s choice and everyone has his own path and reason. I don’t judge or force. Nothing good every came out of force. But I CHOSE for myself and no matter how horrifying it still might be, I have a strong hope and belief that world is going towards kinder, more mindful, tolerant and thoughtful cruelty free place.
And where’s a better place to start rather in my own little kitchen, in my own little square under the Sun?