to me, to be vegan means to love all creatures. to have compassion and extend kindness to every living being. including humans. i was not raised this way. i grew up eating milk and meat and cheese. grabbing burgers on the weekends with my friends, devouring ice cream at 2 am after late night grocery runs. though two years ago, a veil lifted. my eyes were opened to the unbearable truth of how animals are treated in food industry. i felt as though my heart had been shattered into a million little pieces. i have had an unshaken bond, a deeply rooted connection to these innocent creatures, since i was a child. animals had taught me how to be free. to play. to unconditionally forgive. to know that i had been contributing to their suffering in some way, broke me from the inside out. i resented myself for not knowing better, thus, i deflected my anger upon those who surrounded me. i distanced myself from my family, from close friends, who's beliefs did not parallel my own. but this pain, this fear...did nothing. in time, i softened. i came to see, that if i was consciously choosing not to harm the animals of this earth, how was my anger at other living beings, humans, justified? people who were raised the same way i was, to see this world how i used to. how could i be mad at them, for simply not being exposed to what i had, when truth is so heavily suppressed in our society?
to judge another, simply because they do not walk the same path your feet tread upon, only deepens the chasm of detachment, the illusion of separation, from one another.
i do not believe i am better than anyone, simply because i am vegan.
we are all doing the best we can, with what we know how to do.
intuitively, this is what i crave.
locally sourced fresh veggies.
tree ripened mangos. natural goodness, straight from the source.
veganism is not a catalyst of isolation.
the same air fills our lungs.
the same earth whirls beneath our feet.
let us not forget to love each other, as well. for we are all the same.
i'm curious, how do you eat? are you vegan? have you been? what was your experience? i would love to start a conversation about this in the comments below. 🌿