“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men.” – Alice Walker
When I first began exploring veganism, I found it enormously helpful to read other peoples’ stories, and hear about their journey towards greater compassion and kindness. Like most people, I didn’t become vegan overnight, and there was no single moment that made me go vegan. Rather, for me, becoming vegan was a lot like my experience of falling in love, which happened slowly at first, then all at once.
Becoming vegan was less a linear process and more a constellation of connections over time and, in retrospect, throughout my entire life (though I would not have recognized let alone admitted to that). Though my journey to this point in time was not linear or straightforward, there were a few key moments that played a part in becoming the person I, happily, am today.
Read about why I, personally, became vegan here.
In my experience, most people already share the same core values that vegans do: compassion, empathy, justice, family, freedom, fairness, love, truth, peace, open-mindedness and non-violence. There is nothing different or special about a vegan mentality–it simply involves extending our existing values to animals as well as our fellow humans, and aligning those values with our consumption choices.
Becoming vegan is the best decision I’ve ever made. I feel like I’ve learned something on this earth that I was meant to learn, and that I wasn’t who I was meant to be until just recently. I only wish I’d gotten here sooner, but I’m so relieved and grateful that I got to this place at all, and I can think of no better way to live the second half of my life. Onwards, with love and boundless compassion!
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