I completed my first six weeks as a vegan! If I was in Vegucated, I would have completed the challenge, haha! 😀
This week, I moved into college! Eating vegan at the dining hall has been a bit annoying, but it could be worse. My dining hall has quite a few good vegan options. It just takes some searching. Every meal requires ten or more minutes of wandering around the dining hall looking for something to eat. I hope that once I become familiarized with my dining hall, I will be able to find food more quickly. Today, I had a less-than-optimal eating experience. I had an all-day event for Honors College, so breakfast and lunch were catered. Unfortunately, the vegan options were scant.
Being a vegan in an omnivore’s world is not easy. It takes extra effort and sacrifice. (I know you can’t sacrifice something that wasn’t yours in the first place, but do you get what I mean?) I never want being vegan to feel like a burden. I don’t want to feel annoyed by asking servers whether something is vegan or by reading signs and labels. I don’t want to feel left out when I can’t join people to eat something. Instead, I want to feel free and liberated from an existence that inflicted pain, suffering, and death upon innocent beings. I hope that I never become discouraged and disappointed about being vegan. Because the unimaginable suffering farm animals experience is not even comparable to my inconvenience in the dining hall. I am fighting for animal liberation. This should be responsibility I am proud to carry.
But soon, it will get easier. I recently joined my university’s Animal Respect Society. I can’t wait to begin meeting other vegans. I have so many ideas! I want to go leafleting, volunteer at a local farm animal sanctuary, and organize protests. Right now, I am alone among omnivores. But with the support from other vegans, I would feel stronger and gain confidence in my lifestyle. Because deep down, everyone knows that subjecting innocent, harmless, and helpless animals to a life of cruel torture and death is wrong. It’s just a matter of doing something about it instead of standing by.