Today, I am celebrating my one-year veganniversary!! This time last year, I was walking from uni into town and made the decision to go fully vegan. I was feeling slightly nervous, but simultaneously very excited and relieved of the hypocrisy which had been a massive weight on my shoulders whilst I had been a meat-eater and a vegetarian 🙂
Since that day, I have learned to cook all my favourite meals (and discovered how to cook many additional ones), eaten at loads of delicious vegan-friendly restaurants, and continued to educate myself about the benefits of veganism, and have become quite a little activist! I post about vegan matters on social media and talk about it with my friends, despite the occasional defensive backlash I receive. A few of my friends have gone vegan recently as well, and it’s such a lovely, rewarding thing to hear, especially when they contact me personally for advice 🙂
I also have saved a huge stash of thought-provoking memes, hence the use of many of them right now! 😀
I can honestly say that the hardest part of being vegan is the prejudice you get from some meat-eaters (and even some veggies!). There is nothing hard about veganism itself at all, and the positive feeling you get every time you eat a meal or wear clothes which have no death or suffering in, is the best feeling ever 🙂
I am so hopeful that 2017 will continue to make veganism mainstream, and that in a short time, being vegan will be as normal as being vegetarian is already. After all, a few years ago, veggies were receiving the same prejudice that vegans do at the moment!
Racism, sexism and homophobia have already been eradicated in everyday life, and speciesism is the next target. What gives humans the right to deliberately take the lives of 58 BILLION animals every single year, when there is simply no need to, and it is so detrimental to our wellbeing and the environment?! At the moment, livestock animals are literally born to die. A baby animal is born because, in the near future, some human wants to eat it. This simply wrong, disrespectful and immoral.
Going vegan was the best decision I have ever made, and I am looking forward to celebrating many many more “veganniversaries” in the future 😀