I haven’t blogged in months. I started this blog as a way to share my interests and passions, namely veganism and cooking. And then of course life caught up with me when I started back at school. There was so much to do and as a literature major (constantly writing) I didn’t really have the energy when it came to blogging. I also started to face a lot of resistance on Facebook against my vegan lifestyle and it left me in a state of disheartenment. I’ve never considered looked back when I transitioned to veganism, but that’s not to say it hasn’t been lonely or without its struggles.
Part of being vegan is facing resistance. More often than not people will disagree with you. Being deeply passionate about something makes people uncomfortable, especially when your choosing not to be a part of a socially sanctioned industry.
Sometimes it’s important to step back and get back in touch with yourself, to remember why you choose to be vegan. I realized that constantly arguing against people on the internet will not make as big as an impact as choosing to live a life of love and positivity. I also realized that I shouldn’t let people with so little investment in me consume so much of my daily thoughts.
At its core veganism is about love. It’s about choosing to live a life with as little impact on others as possible. In today’s world there is no reason to continue taking animals lives for our appetite. There are resources to thousands of other foods that are nourishing and sustaining. If we continue to rely on animal agriculture we are doing so simply for palate.
The simple truth is animal agriculture is destroying our planet. That’s not arguable, it’s obvious.
When I’m challenged and put down for pursuing a sustainable lifestyle rooted in compassion, it definitely hurts. I know that coming to realize the truth about the food industry is a process that people reach at different times and one’s experience with it is shaped by their location, upbringing, and values, but it’s important to open our hearts and listen.
Just because we’ve been doing something for a long time doesn’t make it right. We can change. We can choose love. “Peace begins on our plate.”