Do you mango? No, seriously. • It’s been just over a year since I’ve went vegan and I’m pretty proud. There were a plethora of health benefits, but for me, being vegan meant putting others before me, merely said. It wasn’t just the food I ate, it’s also the products I used, people I encountered and resources/footprints I minimized that made this journey so special. It became a religion.
It’s inspiring to receive the feedback/support I’ve got over the last 13 months, but more importantly, I’m proud of various other friends who made lifestyle changes because they saw me changing. Honestly, I didn’t think I could sustain myself when I began my journey, but the more open I became in letting compassion embrace me, the more I wanted to improve (not just pertain to a vegan diet, but also only use vegan products like my clothes or shampoo). My point of inception was becoming vegetarian last February, and I’ll never forget the process and transition. I broke my chain twice as a vegetarian before becoming vegan. It was two steps forward, one step back, but I persisted and turned my failures into lessons. From my best friend, Harsha, yelling in the shower at me in a heated debate, about why just eating meat once in a blue moon (I craved meat and had to have it once upon a vegetarian time) either made or broke the journey, to learning about dogs being eaten and realizing they’re no different than a cow, to saving those creepy spiders on the wall, to trading in my dream car for a gas-efficient Honda, being vegan has truly taught me so much more about myself and the greater sense of love and community in our world. To say it made me step out of my comfort zone is more than just an understatement.
I still have so much space for improvement, and I’m more than ever impelled to become the best version of myself. Each one of us has to find what’s right for us, and it’ll always be different from one person to the next.
For me, the purpose of life is to help others, and this is my journey for fulfilling that.