People turn to veganism for various reasons some do it as a New Year’s resolution, some do it to start eating better and getting healthier and some do it to lose weight. We do what we do, typically for animals, for our environment and for our health. Life experiences, interests, an outlook of the world and the timing of certain events being brought to ones attention all lead to influencing one's decision of turning to veganism. Turning vegan is a very personal decision and one cannot enact a rule to turning vegan.
In my circumstance, it was about all the worldly happenings that I had uncovered over the past couple of years. The environment we have been destroying, the way we have been exploiting our resources on the planet including our own co-species and other species. The adversity we are causing to other humans and animals for our greed and the fact that 16 billion animals are killed for food in the United States alone combined with the reality of 3.7 billion people representing the poorest half of the world can barely manage to eat. I was really desperate to make a change, make a dent but realized there was not much I could do. I had thought of giving veganism a shot earlier but was not bold enough to follow through. It was then when I met a new friend who had been vegan for a while and this friend and I somewhat saw the world similarly.
Later I came across something on my timeline, a video of a calf chasing a pick-up truck on which a cow was being taken away to a farm. That sight of the calf and the cow being separated stayed on my mind for a while. I wondered if someone who had eaten meat their entire life could turn to veganism that comfortably then it should not be much of an effort for I have been a vegetarian. This friend is an immense inspiration and encouragement. She is an animal lover and even though I care a lot I cannot be as affectionate and devoted to animals the way she is. I was resolved now. I could not stop all the unfortunate things that come to pass but I could be a small drop of water in a sea of change that could occur in the future.
Having started experimenting with veganism I was not sure how long I would last. I expected it to be two weeks to a month but I was really determined to take it beyond that. I could have literally carried on eating pizza for the rest of my life as the law of diminishing marginal utility never worked for my regular consumption of pizza. Being a vegan, I get to explore new foods and flavours. Try new meals as you have a wide range of vegan recipes from all over the world. You also have substitutes for dairy products which are easily available. I almost made a quick switch though I was preparing myself for a slow transition. It is difficult to change eating habits that easily and one may have to hit the reset button often which should not be discouraging. I think I could make this transition without difficulty as a consequence of my vegan comrade.
On a different friends birthday recently I scrapped off cheese from a slice of pizza and ate it. That was a moment of weakness for me. I also had a wrap lately not realising it had mayonnaise till it was too late. I have been a vegan for six months now and I am not perfect, I don’t believe anyone is. I will attempt not to consume products that are tested on animals or have any animal component present in them. I wish to exclude myself from all animal exploitation for food, clothing, zoos, aquariums, animal racing or anything else that includes animal cruelty. If we believe in ourselves we can adapt to a vegan life.
I will end with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr who has inspired me quite a lot.
“And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must do it because conscience tells one it is right.”
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