Being vegan isn’t hard. In fact, for me, it’s pure joy. I LOVE being vegan. The challenge lies in living in a world where so many are completely ignorant about what’s really going on. I don’t believe that humans are inherently uncaring. I truly believe that if more people knew what was happening to the planet and all its inhabitants, change would occur. That is why veganism is activism. Many of us do try to spread the word and educate, even if it means alienating some who don’t want to hear what we have to say.
With what I know, I choose not to be anything but vegan. For me, it’s the only way I can live in this world. I never claim perfection, or that I’m better than anyone else. But I can’t even turn on my computer and log into Facebook without seeing photos and video showing hideous atrocities against humans and animals. Somehow I have to keep my head up amidst all the people who makes jokes about bacon and love getting a rise out of me. I don’t think they have any idea how my heart breaks a little more every time.
I so desire to be completely zen about everyone being on their own path. It’s not my place to judge anyone for the choices they make, but when those choices involve what I feel is cruelty and brutal murder of our fellow earthlings, it wears on me. We live in a society that is free to use, abuse and murder. I hope to someday live in a world where cruelty to others no longer exists. In the meantime, I will work on loving and accepting others no matter where they are on their path.