I know it’s been a while, but such is the life of a working student of Education: busier than a one-legged woman in an ass-kicking contest. So, I just celebrated my first year as a vegan and it was a bit anticlimactic, but I think that just means that being vegan has become totally normalized for me. It’s a part of who I am and who I will continue to become. It informs many of the decisions I make and keeps me conscious and thinking about the wide world that exists outside of my head.
A few notable things have changed over the year:
- I lost several dress sizes. This is a bonus of the vegan lifestyle.
- I haven’t had a single cold or battle with the flu.
- Aside from winter-induced melancholia, I have more energy than I’ve ever had. I sometimes feel so energetic, it’s like my blood cells have been replaced by teeny tiny Energizer bunnies. Feels fantastic!
- I have a little more hope for the world. I still get upset and self-indulgently depressed over widespread human stupidity, but being a vegan has allowed me to be the change I want to see in the world (I think Gandhi told us all to do that, right?).
- I know more stuff. Simply put, I know more this year than I did last year, namely about animal welfare issues and corporate greed.
- I am more empowered! This is one of the best changes. I decide what I buy and put into my body (even if it’s not always the healthiest choice), and no one has the power to take that from me.
- I cook more! Close friends and family can attest to this, and so can their fully satisfied tummies.
- I’ve become more bold. I am not as fearful of standing apart from the crowd. I revel in being a shit-disturber with divergent views. I’m not a nonconformist for the sake of being a nonconformist, but it gives me a great sense of pride knowing that I think for myself even when I put myself at risk of being viewed as a freak. I let my freak flag fly freely and with reckless abandon!
- I’ve had a positive impact on people. There will always be naysayers and those who are not supportive of my life practices and principles, but they can bite my vegan ass. Since I’ve gone vegan, my husband has joined me, my mom goes vegan one day a week and vegetarian on another day, my best friend has cut out a lot of dairy and meat from her diet, etc…. Other friends rub their meat-eating in my face and refuse to consider alternative ways of life, so I don’t bother myself with them too much any more. But I have seen a lot of positive change in my life and am super stoked about that.
- I have become more conscious of the truth of things. I know this is way ambiguous but I am more awake that I’ve ever been. I see things more clearly and have been able to experience first-hand the truth about ignorance and fear of change and the unknown.
- I’ve helped to raise more awareness of issues that affect not only animals, but humans and the environment — all of which are equally sacred and important.
This has been an incredible year — one of the best, and I wouldn’t change a single thing, even the screw ups since I learned the most from those. Being a vegan has enriched my life in so many ways and has made me a better, more well-rounded person than I was before. If you are curious to learn more about the vegan lifestyle (those of you who have not yet converted, LOL), try it for a week, a fortnight, a month or for an indefinite period. Only good things and an unmatched learning experience can come of it.
Thanks for reading and for supporting me through this — my first year of REAL growth as a human! 😀