I was talking to a friend last night about being vegan. I told him about my lunch at VegNews and how wonderful it is to sit at a table with seven other vegans enjoying a delicious cruelty-free meal created with love by friends. I told him about Vegetarian Summerfest and AR 2008 and how amazing it is to be in a room with hundreds of people who all share the common bond of non-violence and compassion. As I relived those experiences, I started to well up with tears at the sheer emotion I felt.
I love being a part of the vegan community. I truly, truly love it. I don’t live in a place where there are a lot of vegans. We don’t have any vegan restaurants here…yet. I do know lots of fabulous, compassionate, wonderful people in Nashville and I’m not complaining, but going to festivals and events where you know most everyone there shares your knowledge and lifestyle is really an uplifting experience like no other.
For me, veganism isn’t about giving up anything. Since I made this decision, I have only gained. I feel better, I look better, I have more spiritual clarity and I’m part of a community that I absolutely adore. What have I lost? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I eat amazing food that energizes me and tastes great. I eat more vegetables and whole foods than I ever have and I feel vibrant, healthy, strong and nourished. It truly is the best decision I’ve ever made.
I don’t think I’m better than anyone else. I try my best not to judge those who don’t feel the same way I do. I believe everyone is on their own path and we all need to discover our own truths on our own time lines. At the same time though, I also know that the way we’re living right now, especially in this country, is not sustainable.
So, I want to help. I want to help the humans, the animals and the planet by doing what I feel is best for all and best for my own person. I choose the world I want to live in with every meal I eat. I will not force my views on others, but I will always be here to answer questions.
Thank you so much for reading. I am so grateful for all of you. ALL of you.