Doing a Complete 180 in Life:
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything” -George Bernard Shaw
Over the past 6 years I have been building my life, business and friendships around being vegan and all that goes along with that label. When I first made the choice to go vegan it was because of my distain for factory farming. The way in which we get meat that we use to feed ourselves and to nourish our minds is a terrible and disgusting process. I will never support that system.
Over the last few months my ideas on diet and life have started to change dramatically. At first I was terrified of what was happening, but then I realized that people change, ideas change, and everything changes over time. If people didn’t change their viewpoints on we would never have made same sex marriage legal. Luckily for the world my life choices do not impact the masses.
After years of being a strict vegan I woke up one morning and wanted to eat eggs. This thought was so out of left field that I ignored it, I pushed it out of my mind. Over the next couple of weeks the thought kept cutting in line and taking a seat, front and center in my consciousness. I believe that if your mind and soul keep telling you something over and over again, then you should listen. This may seem like a tiny thing in the eyes of the everyman but in the vegan world, changing your diet from veganism to something non vegan, was like sentencing your own beheading. Many hours were spent in the vast darkness of a sensory deprivation tank, as my heart and mind were locked in an endless jiu jitsu match. After hours of contemplating, my mind and soul tapped each other out. The lifestyle that I have built my being on was coming to an end, I am no longer vegan…
Me being me I had to have a set of rules to go along with the food that I chose to eat. None of the meat that I choose to eat will ever come from a factory farm, it has to be caught by a single hunter that I know, and the animal must have lived its life as the universe intended it too when it was created. No dairy will be consumed, and when I am outside of my home I will eat vegan food only. These simple rules gave me a sense of peace, I was and still am 100% happy with my decision. Yet I was still hesitant to share this new life choice with anyone else out of fear of backlash. My choice to no longer label myself as vegan, does not affect the life of those around me, it will not make the world a better or worse place, it will only affect myself and the single animal that I choose to consume on the rare occasion.
Some of the reasons I decided to make this change was because, I wanted to be more connected to the food that I eat, and I have never seen anything wrong with a person hunting and killing an animal for food. My ideas have always been taboo in the plant based world, the word “hunter” could never be uttered, the idea of being anything but vegan was shunned and thrown away. Rigid ideologies do not sit well with me, as Bruce Lee once said:
“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”
Shutting down someones ideas because they do not fall in line with what you believe is the sign of a feeble mind. You do not have to always agree with someone, but you should always listen to them fully. Do not get me wrong, there are definitely ideas and opinions that have no place in this world. If you are shouting hate speech or attacking someone else’s beliefs then you will never get me to fully listen. So as you read this, do not take it as I am attacking vegans, or saying they are wrong in anyway. I am just sharing how people change, ideas change, and how my mind changed. When life throws you a curveball you can either let it strike you out or you can swing as hard as you can, and hopefully get a hit.