Being vegan is the best thing I have ever done. I actually dare to say that all vegans would agree with me on that. Being vegan is a joy! Food is so much better when you know it is cruelty free. It feels good to know that you are not paying to torture and kill a living being.
In a society where being omnivore is the norm, being vegan is commonly seen as something out of the ordinary, hence why it can be hard for some people to become vegan. Often people don’t want to be out of the norm, to be seen differently or have to deal with ‘hassles’ such as change their typical breakfast or not go to a certain coffee shop they like.
I get it. I haven’t always been vegan. For a long time, I was ignorant > Ignorant – lacking knowledge or awareness < I didn’t know what veganism was and how it would positively impact my life. I was also ignorant about my own values, I wasn’t aware that by eating animal products I was going against my most basic core values which include: being a compassionate human being, not contributing towards cruelty and suffering and support justice.
So…What is the hardest thing about being Vegan?
I think most people would expect me to say eating out with friends and family or maybe mention the fact that people at school laughed and made jokes.
But no, the hardest part for me is to see all the people I love not thriving on this lifestyle. Veganism is a lifestyle that improves you holistically. It improves your physical and psychological health. It improves your understanding of compassion and empathy for others. It improves the way you see your body. It improves your relationship with food. It improves your sense of peace and calm as you are now living within your core values instead of ignoring them whenever you see a piece of meat.
I know the people I love, I know they are kind, compassionate, loving, respectful…If you ask them, they would say they don’t want to see animal cruelty, they don’t want to torture animals plus they want to be healthy, to decrease their risk of diseases. That is what most people want, however they still use their money to buy products that contribute for animal cruelty and that increase their risk of diseases such as high blood pressure, heart attack, cancer, diabetes, etc.
I am sure a lot of people can relate to what I am feeling as we all want the best for everyone. I see so much potential when I look at my family and friends. I see my dad losing his belly, becoming fitter and having more energy. I see potential in my mum, she loves making smoothies and knows so much about the human body, she would feel amazing in this lifestyle. I fear they will have illnesses and diseases that can easily be avoided by changing a few things in their diets. And you know what it is more frustrating? They know about veganism but decide to either not believe in it or to not care enough. To not believe in it…i get it, but they can always educate themselves more about the science and research behind it. But to not care enough? To not care enough about your own health? That I will never understand. It is very likely they will develop some type of illness or disease when they get older (looking at the statistics), but they don’t seem to be bothered.
I can not stress this enough: You don’t need animal products to survive and THRIVE. There is no need to contribute to pain and suffering. If your needs are egocentric, let them go, it will benefit you in the long term. The ego only focuses on the now, on ‘quick fixes’, on comfort, it does not contribute for our long term wealth-being. And if we want to be happy and have a fulfilling life long term, we can’t be led by our ego. Just because your favourite food is currently eggs or bacon, it doesn’t mean that in the future you won’t have a new favourite food that is better for your health and the planet.
Thank you so much for reading. I just needed to get this out of my chest. Shout out to my nan for stop eating dairy! Lots of love,