Hi friends, how are you all doing?
Last week, I made the decision to go vegetarian. After learning more about the origin of the animal products we consume, and also how this industry is impacting the animals and the environment, I am convinced that this is something that I need to do.
So why didn’t I do this earlier?
Convenience, that’s why. It was just easier to go on eating meat, because it is what most people do. It is what people around me do. It is what I grew up doing. I used to be such a meatasaurus when I was younger. I would not be happy if any of my meals did not have some form of meat in it. And even after I have managed to curb my “dependency” on meat, I still went on eating it, just because it is easy and convenient. But mostly because it’s “normal”.
I have always prided myself as being a very easy going person. When asked what do I feel like eating, my answer is always, “I’m fine with anything”. I do not like to inconvenient people, and because of that, I tend to agree to any suggestions, even when it went against what I believe in.
Until last week.
I spoke to a good friend about how I really feel about meat consumption. About how I really want to go vegan, but at the same time, I did not want to be THAT “vegan friend”. I did not want to deal with people’s judgments and remarks, and I definitely did not want to keep on having to explain or worse, defend, my decision to everyone.
She made me realise that if this is something that is important to me, then I should just go for it. I should not let others’ opinion decide what I want to do with my life.
And so, I decided to (then) become a vegan. I told my family and my close friends about it, telling them that I have decided to transition into veganism as it makes me feel better physically, mentally and emotional, and I thanked them for their support.
It has been about a week so far, and it is a steep learning curve. I realised that it is really, really difficult to be vegan when you are surrounded with non-vegan people, and because of that, I have decided to just go vegetarian for now. I will not consume eggs or dairy when given a choice, but when I have to dine with people who are non-vegans, those are as far as I will go. I am very well aware of the horrors behind the egg and dairy industries, but for now, this will do.
This is a personal journey, and is not intended to be an attack on people who choose to consume meat. All I hope for is that every one of us respect each other enough to allow us to make our own decisions, and to take the time that we need.
Wish me luck in this new journey!
Love, Jess xoxo