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14 August 2017 | 2 Comments

Disclaimer: This is not a beauty or fashion post.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

I have had this post in my drafts for quite some time and I was in two minds about publishing it. I figured that this is my online journal and I want to share my thoughts and feelings. It’s safe to say that this year has been a big learning experience for me, I’ve discovered things about the world that I was blind to. I have made some changes to my life that I am quite proud of. This change has taught me a lot about myself but even more about others. I want to share this with you because I have a small message.

In the beginning of the year S decided to do a 30 day Vegan challenge for his YouTube channel. Something he thought would last 30 days has now become a life long decision. At first I thought it was ludacris. I let him do his own thing in the kitchen and I did mine. I fully supported his journey but I wasn’t quite on the same page. As time went on, I started feeling guilty. I started reading up on stuff and it all scared me, saddened me and made me feel like a bad human. S did nothing to make me feel this way.

I am a MASSIVE animal lover. I guess in the back of my mind I knew exactly what was happening to these poor animals but there was still some sort of disconnect. Until I came across an image of a dog and a pig, the caption read… “Why love the one and eat the other.” This messed with my heart strings. After this I tried to watch the trailer of “Earthlings” – a 2005 documentary depicting humans total dependence on animals for economic purposes – I watched a mere 55 seconds of the trailer and felt sick to my stomach. My eyes filled with tears. And I flipped my switch (Vampire Diaries term – Shout out to all the VD fans haha). I don’t ever want to contribute to something so cruel. So disgusting. So inhumane. I could never again fill my body with something that suffered. I knew that this new journey would not be easy. I was, and to a point still am, a MASSIVE cheese lover, anything with cheese on it was my kryptonite but knowing what I know now, I could never consume it. This decision isn’t because I don’t love dairy products or meat, I’m from a small village in Serbia, farming is in my family. Meat and dairy are a staple in the Serbian diet but I made the conscious decision to step away for my mental, emotional and physical well-being. Some might wonder why I don’t just use the term “vegan” and its because I don’t like the label. I don’t like the aura around the word. Funny enough every time I hear that word I get a little annoyed inside. I prefer to refer to myself as Herbie. Dee the Herbie. So now that everyone is aware of the change I made, this is where my message starts:

Everyone in this world is entitled to live their lives the way they think is right. In my eyes, eating a plant based diet is what is right for me. Something I have mouthed for years is “each to their own.” And this is my own, and I would appreciate people respecting that. Not making a mockery of it. How does the way I live my life affect you? It doesn’t. So leave it be. How do my eating habits define me? They don’t. I’m still the same person I was before this journey of mine. No better and no worse.

I will never push my agenda on others, I will not become a “vegan basher” {def. an individual that chooses to hammer their views onto others}. If I am asked about my lifestyle and why I do this, I will be happy to share it but that is as far as I go. Some people may dislike me for not being a true activist for the cause but that’s ok. I will do my thing and you do yours. The amount of “abuse” (and I use this word very loosely) I saw S get when he first started his journey was nothing short of heart breaking. And then it continued when I started mine. People tend to poke fun of the unknown, we would sooner make a joke about something than try educate ourselves or understand it from the other persons point of view. I am guilty of this. I am no angel. I take full responsibility for my actions. Prior and forthcoming. I’m just urging people to think before they speak. I don’t expect anyone to agree with my views, in fact it would be silly to, but I do expect people to respect them just as I respect theirs. This does not only apply to someone’s dietary requirements but their careers, political and religious views too. “Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability and no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy. For it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world.” One of the most selfless things you can do is supporting another persons believes even if you don’t necessarily believe in them yourself.

So all I do ask is for people to start becoming kinder, compassionate and respectful.

xoxo

 

Dee


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Carina says:

Well done! I have also been toying with the idea of going completely plant-based. I’ve been thinking lately that I ADORE my dogs so if I love them so much, why do I not think about the animal on my plate? It’s quite sad that so many people are in denial about that.

Admin says:

That is exactly how I feel. It honestly breaks my heart. I feel like some people are just disconnected when it comes to animals. If you haven’t watched the documentary “What the Health” then give it a go, its nothing gruesome. It just speaks about the health benefits of a plant based diet. I was quite shocked by a lot of it. Just remember it is a journey, it isn’t easy but eventually you do get there.

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