A few weeks ago I was getting ready for a social gathering and all of a sudden, I had this uncontrollable anxiety surrounding the event. When talking to a friend about it, we pinned my anxiety down to the fear of meeting new people. This was something that I had struggled with in the past but wasn’t sure why this event had me so worked up. We went over the details one by one and couldn’t figure out where it was stemming from….until my friend had this one thought. And here was where the question came in, the question that made me ponder the views of society surrounding my lifestyle. “Are you afraid they’ll hate you because you’re vegan?” she asked. And just like that, my whole world stood still in complete disbelief and confusion.
“Hate me because I am vegan?!” I played this question in my head over and over again and asked myself why anyone would ever hate someone because they are vegan. And then I saw it as my brain replayed the memes, the videos and the numerous, puzzled faces of people who questioned my lifestyle.
I thought about the vegans that I know and how they are some of the most inspirational, strong willed people that I know and this is why…….
Here are some of the reasons why I think it should be impossible to hate a vegan:
- Vegans are some of the most compassionate people out there! Every day vegans are making a choice: a choice to save an innocent animal and to give them a life they deserve. They have enormous hearts and the thought of any animal being tortured will make them cringe. They are some of the ones out there marching, starting sanctuaries, donating and being a voice for the anonymous.
- Vegans persevere!!! Unfortunately, we live in a society where your food choices are almost like your religious beliefs and not everyone feels the same way that we do. We have to fight obstacles and defend our choices EVERY single day. People look at you like you are crazy, you get numerous questions about where your protein comes from, and people simply do not understand. An individual has to be strong willed and persistent to get through the daily grind of being vegan.
- Vegans care about YOUR future! Studies have shown, and there is absolutely no denying, that we are causing immense harm to our planet. Even if we stopped everything harmful right now, it would take over 100 years to reverse it. Every choice we make affects our planet, our future and the future of our kids/grandkids. With every bite that a vegan takes, he or she is cutting down on animal agriculture, saving water, decreasing climate change, and is creating a better future for YOU!
***I realize that these are all general statements, and just like with any group, I cannot account for every vegan. I realize that we are all different, but these statements are true about the vegans that I know.
I know that there will still be haters out there, but I ask you to think about these points next time you start making fun of someone who is vegan. There is so much more to us than quinoa and kale 🙂 .
And for those of you who are out there living this lifestyle, please be proud of who you are and be PROUD THAT WHO YOU ARE IS A VEGAN!