First things first, before anyone jump to any conclusion. The title doesn’t mean I wish death to anyone, be it a carnivore or not.
What I’m trying to say is that since going vegan (5 years soon!) I feel alive and more inspired than ever before. Every day veganism turns out to be more and more rewarding. Being vegan is much more than just a diet. Yeah, eat plants and prosper. But not just because of somewhat healthy choices (hey, there’s tons of vegan junk out there!) – but mostly because veganism is a lifestyle that feels so damn good.
While I might not be the best role model for it with my appearance, I’m still beyond grateful my diseases brought me to it. They were the reason I became curious about it. I wanted to see first hand what it can do for my health I wanted to learn more about nutrition, well-being… all these things. My diseases gave me a valuable lesson, even though I had to learn the hard way (knowing myself I wouldn’t even want it any other way).
Anyways. Fast forward to today – being vegan feels natural. I’m still in disbelief that I used to take part in the atrocities we commit against the animals day after day. This is exactly why I always try to inspire others. I use the positive approach with kindness and understanding. With yummy food. With amazing projects such as Challenge 22 + (which I couldn’t be happier and prouder to be a part of).
But. BUT. Today is 4th of October – the world animal day and today I’m letting it all out. All the frustration, all the anger, all the sadness, all the disbelief.
Because sometimes I’m really tired of hearing those stupid questions over and over again. I’m tired of the nasty remarks and insults. I usually ignore them. Not today. Today I will let them all out, and then I’ll continue spreading the vegan word with love, kindness, and understanding, and I will focus on those who are willing to listen. So just for today, I’m abandoning this rule, and I’m letting my bitter vegan out.
I’m disgusted when people are willing to see past the suffering because they believe the only way to a fit body is by eating animal flesh. I hate that people actually believe they are worth more than animals. Why again? Just because we can stand on two feet and talk? Because we have a reason? What reason? We use and abuse our given common sense by finding excuses to exploit the weak. Not just the animals. Of course, it doesn’t stop with them. It goes on with other people – be it for their gender, race, skin color, sexual orientation, whatever. Let’s hate. Let’s make ourselves feel good by belittling others. Why again?
I’m disgusted because no one cares about our planet. For fuck’s sake. This our home, you know? So far we cannot live on the moon just yet. Don’t pretend to be an environmentalist if you continue with your old ways and stuff your face with burgers because bacon is life. What we’re doing to our planet is like loving your house but keep setting it on fire.
Most of all, I don’t understand women who claim that being a mother is the ultimate goal in life yet they don’t mind that other babies die and are brutally taken away from their mothers because cheesecake is what makes Sundays? For crying out loud.
I honestly do NOT understand how anyone can carry on after learning all the truth! How? Why? Is your own comfort really so much more important? Is it really this hard to change?
You can make a difference. You are enough. So stop looking for excuses. Stop hiding behind others. Take responsibility and do the right thing. Go vegan. For the animals. For the planet. For yourself. Your veins and your heart will be grateful. The planet will be grateful. And the animals. Let them shine with joy. Let them live.
Last but not least. The future generation will be grateful. Your very own children and grandchildren and so on – all of those you claim to love to the moon and back. So I’m begging you – think about it. Like, really think about it.
PS: Before someone tells me to get off my high horse, let’s make one thing clear. I don’t have to love all the animals, but I do respect their right to live. Try it for yourself. The change that follows will turn your world upside down. But for the better. This I promise.