Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I am an undercover tree hugger.

I have never been one to tell people how to think or how to feel. I think this is mostly because I hate it when people tell me how I should think or how I should feel. There is a reason I am seeking support for my decisions online... I haven't found the words to ask for it in person yet. I am struggling with how to navigate the negative perceptions of people who make the conscious decision to go against the social grain, regardless of their validity in that position. I don't know how to be different, and my family and friends don't seem to understand where I am coming from. And this is before I have told them about my attempt at becoming vegan.

I don't want to hurt animals, or the environment, but I don't want to hurt the feelings of the people I care for, either. I am terrified to be the change I want to see in the world for fear of becoming the change I don't want to be in myself.

Can I be vegan without being an activist? Or am I simply picking and choosing which battles to fight, and only chosing the ones that come easiest?

Did any of you feel similar struggles as beginning vegans? I'd love to hear how you overcame them.


1 comment:

  1. I had similar feelings VI, about not wanting to be an activist. But, for sure, follow your heart and your values and do what's best for you. Those close to you will respect you for it.

    Unfortunately, being a vegan is being an activist by default. I've found that simply stating you are vegetarian or vegan can cause a whole huge discussion. My advice is, unless someone is genuinely interested and open (I think you can tell), is to just not say anything. Try to end the conversation quickly.

    I sorta blogged about this kind of thing yesterday.

    Best of luck! It will be easier than you think.