I decided to go vegan after my birthday last year. It was a decision that my husband and I decided to do after going thorough a series of diets we knew vegan was the best choice. When we decided to go vegan we knew that it would be difficult. We researched for months about what we could and couldn't have. It wasn't hard for me to transition. I have always felt that if you believed in something then it wouldn't be hard for you to change your habits. I decided to go vegan not for health reason but it was a higher reason for me. I had watch multiple videos and read about the treatment of animals and this made me think what made me more important then them? In this world we have pets like dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, and all sorts of things and when our pets get hurt or when they dies it makes us sad. Thats the feeling I felt when I thought about the animals I ate. I felt sad.
Though my soul was satisfied from the meat of the animals, I didn't feel satisfied knowing what they had to go through just to please my hunger. I know that I could get protein and nutrients from other things and I always loved fruit and vegetables over meat. I've been lactose and tolerant since high school so I didn't have a hard time eliminating dairy products completely. I knew that I was going to receive negative feedback from the decision I made so, when we went vegan as a family, we didn't tell a lot of family members. We told our moms first then we eventually told a lot of other people. We slowly eased into going vegan, eliminating meat, to completely eliminating everything. For those who don't know what vegan is, its when you do not eat anything from an animal. That includes fish, poultry, beef, pork, and any meat that you can think of. We had to buy vegan everything. When I threw away all the meat in my fridge I felt great. I knew that I was doing something right and though some might not understand why we went vegan, it wasn't for them to understand, it was for me to understand. I didn't realized that I would get so many negative comments from going vegan but I knew that it was okay because I was happy. I had people laugh at me, make fun of me, and tell me I was crazy.
I also received positive feedback from people, some told me I was brave, some wanted recipes, and some asked me how do I do it? It's not how do I do it? It's why I do it? I have always been an individualist. I don't follow people. I make decisions on what I believe is right for me and my children. I educated our children on the reason why we went vegan. I told them when they become an adult, if they decide to go back to eating meat, that it was fine with me. I tell my children to make their own choices and think before they do anything. You have to be happy with every decision you make because ultimately you are managing your life. You manage your health, your career, your finances, and a lot of other things. I have to manage my life and my children to, while they are in our household. I talk to them and always tell them the truth about life. I teach them the things I wish I knew growing up because I want them to be ready when they leave our nest. I tell them everyday to be themselves, and don't let anyone try to change them. I also tell them that they can do anything they want to do in life, just do what makes them happy. Going vegan makes me happy and I know that not everyone understands it but it's not for them, it's for me. I don't dislike people who eat meat or tell them that they are doing wrong.
I respect everyone for the choices they make in life because we all have our own life to live. In life we have to respect others for their beliefs and the choices they make on how they want to live their lives. We might not always agree with everything they do but we have to respect them for their differences. We live in a world with multiple cultures, eating habits, and ethnicities. The world is a conglomerate of people. We all make different choices every day that's what makes the world so unique. So as you go about your day, remember that the choices you make in life was not intended for others to understand, it was for you.
"Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain...To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices - today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it."-Kevyn Aucoin