I've only been vegan for a little over a month, so of course I'm the subject of concern/ridicule from everyone I know. Most of it has been manageable, despite the obvious frustration of dealing with it constantly. BUT: the other day a coworker went on a tirade about how I am depriving myself of 'good' food for no reason at all, because the animals will continue to suffer and my efforts are not going to change that. The longer he went on the more gutted I felt, and although I feel confident about at least not making the problem worse, it was incredibly depressing to experience. There are so many people out there like him! I've been signing petitions like crazy, but it just doesn't feel like enough. How do you all deal with this?
Hi Melissa! It took a great amount of passion to make your decision to become vegan...that is something to celebrate! :) It takes lots of individulas to make major changes. You are an example for people! Yes, some may give you a hard time, but your passion for the vegan lifestyle will also inspire other to make changes too! Never forget that we are saving aminals with every plate we eat! You can't beat that! I also sleep much better at night knowing in my heart that I did the best I could for animals! :)
Lexie is right, you are inspiring a lot of people. Maybe they won't convert overnight, but your being vegan does make them think about where their food comes from and that is the first step! There are HUGE changes happening with regards to factory farming and animal welfare and you are a part of that change. The industry is losing money because more and more people like yourself are choosing to abstain from those products. There are commercials and ads everywhere for soy and almond milks, I have seen Earth Balance in Walmart, and most chain supermarkets sell tofu, tempeh, veggie burgers, etc. This is all change . . . the stores are realizing and so is the industry. I have gone to a few HSUS conferences and while discussing factory farming issues they quote idustry magazines and they are all afraid, afraid that we are winning slowly but surely! It is becoming unprofitable to produce meat. The pork industry is losing money--losing money! The only way that they are surviving is because the goverment bails them out. If only we could change that! And we will. You are a part of this change and you can support organizations or volunteer with them to help more changes occur. Organizations like HSUS, Farm Sanctuary, and PCRM are making huge strides. Don't ever think that your choices of how you live your life or how you spend your money aren't helping. Don't let people get you down. You are a role model to others for choosing a compassionate lifestyle. Feel good about that. :o)
Hello. My first thought after reading Melissa's post was, "I feel good knowing that I do not contribute to that system. I may not change the world but I will live a life that I can be proud of for myself and the choices I make." It is frustrating when people use the argument, 'Well, one person won't make a difference so why try at all.' First, that is not true, and second who wants to live life thinking that they do not matter and have no impact? I wish you well Melissa. Have confidence in knowing that you do make a difference, your choices do matter and living this lifestyle will be one of the greatest things you can do for yourself!
Thank you all so much! I am about to check out those articles, Lindsay. I'm also going to save all your responses so I can refer to them the next time someone tries to get me down. Thank goodness for vegan websites! It is such a HUGE help to know that you're all here with me!