Beginnings aren’t always easy. We premeditate all the pressure and stress we may
inherit from the changes we will experience. One thought turns into another, a few minutes later we realize we’d be much more comfortable not starting at all.
Overthinking feels inevitable sometimes, but we must try to remember the pros of why we’re considering something new in the first place – the outcome is going be worth it! By approaching newness with baby steps and a positive, open outlook we can accomplish the, seemingly, impossible.
Realizing this was my experience when I decided to make the transition to a vegan lifestyle.
The struggle was sometimes too real, from being teased about what I wasn’t going to
enjoy anymore to finding replacements for my most favorite items, both food or cosmetic
related. One thing was always true- I did not want to contribute to the suffering of our brethren species anymore. Holding on to this idea was the most empowering motivation during my transition; it allowed me to realize that I was going to contribute to a change.
My mind was set, and the diligent research began.
I have found that my favorite resource has been social media because it is through
others that I have found motivation and the strength to take on veganism head-on. Seeing how easy and seamless they made it look encouraged curiosity and excitement because I realized we have options that have not contributed to the suffering of an innocent being, and my comfortable customs were not an excuse. I figured I would someday achieve the same level of comfort with veganism as my online mentors.
After extensive research and much trial and error, I found the easiest way to transition
was by replacing an item once the non-vegan item ran out. This removed the pressure to do everything all at once. Making a list of items I was excited to try also allowed for an enjoyable
Making a list of items I was excited to try also allowed for an enjoyable
transition, especially with the large amounts of options we now have. Initially, the process felt as though I was rediscovering my taste buds, teaching them that food will be just as delicious without harming others, and learning about our own species, and our glorious planet while doing so. Along the way I’ve also discovered that we do not have to follow any rules, we must simply keep being ourselves and relearn to live without contributing to harm as much as possible and hope that through our presentation of veganism, others may find their own personal form too.
Once we realize the newness growing within us, we develop a bond with it, and in the
end, we want to share our experience with the world. We want to show how valuable our journey is, and all the new knowledge that we have acquired. The rewarding lessons that we develop become our tools towards compassion for all species, the consciousness of our ecosystems and ultimately our planet. It is a mindset that is versatile, redefining, and generally much more peaceful. Albeit we must remember, especially during the research process, that the world is not going to change overnight, we must be patient and diligent because we can get there.
Our struggles allow us to appreciate the outcome of our journeys and even tend to
spark a pride that nobody can deter. And though, I’ll admit, it hasn’t always been easy the journey and outcome have helped me understand what we are all capable of.