When ordering food out or scrolling through my Instagram people often ask me 'what I am?’ It’s truly a strange question when you think about it, because what is the answer?
“Do you eat meat?” “Are you a vegetarian!?” “ARE YOU A VEGAN!!!!???!!!”
I can’t help but blame myself for this curiosity. I knowingly hash tag ‘#vegan’ a number of times on my Instagram, so of course they’re asking. I consciously make the decision to read through a menu and decide to select something that doesn’t contain meat and more often than not request that they omit the dairy/cheese from my order. I do those things, so why shouldn’t they ask? It’s a question that I’m scared to answer and honestly I’m not quite sure how to answer it.
I’ve struggled to write this post or ones like it for a while, because again, I don’t know what the answer is. I’m armed with a ridiculous amount of knowledge and images that I wish I could un-see about why consuming animal products is not only cruel but unhealthy.
So ... What am I?
I guess I like to tell myself that “I’m on the road to veganism.” But I think that freaks a lot of people out, Mike especially.
Here is where I’m at with it currently -
There is part of me that fears going completely vegan will have me feeling like I’m on the defensive end of a discussion 3+ times a day. Are people always going to be asking questions? Am I going to be confident enough to answer their questions and is it going to lead to an argument? I worry that it will make social situations and holidays more difficult to enjoy.
However, on the flip side of things, I KNOW they’re not healthy and I know I feel better when I avoid eating them, dairy especially. It also makes me absolutely furious to know that so many forms of cancer have been linked to chemicals found in all our food, meat especially. How crazy, that in a country as highly developed as the USA, in 2016, I’m truly afraid to consume a lot of the food on the market.
I think the thought that is weighing on me the most is this –
How cool would it be, if for the rest of my life, no animal needed to die in order for me to live?