Happy Sunday ya’ll!
For those of you who don’t know, I am a vegan. This means that I don’t consume animal products (including honey). I went vegan the summer of 2014 and I haven’t looked back since. This lifestyle changed me for the better. As an individual, I found my inner power and courage that I didn’t think I had before. Even more than that, veganism changed my outlook on life. I went from a victim to the hero of my own story.
But before I go into a full life story mode, here are some ways that this lifestyle has changed me:
Greater Inner Peace
Yes. This is number one for a reason. As someone who came from a self-destructive eating disordered background, this was something that was amazing to me. I found an inner peace that was unparalleled to anything that I’d ever felt before. It gave me a sense of purpose to live by example and compassion. Moreover, I found a lifestyle that didn’t restrict me in what I could and couldn’t eat. It made sense to me. I felt more in tune with my intuition and the things that I wanted.
More Conscious of the World’s Problems
In other words, I’m more aware of the world’s issues including human trafficking, world hunger, and poverty. This isn’t to bring myself down but to simply inform myself on bigger issues going on. Learning about these issues makes me want to be of service to help end these harsh issues. This goes from buying from eco-friendly clothing shops to buying cruelty-free products. I do my best with the eco-friendly clothing (as it’s not the most in-style thing).
This was a concept I had a difficult time with. It took me three years of being vegan to understand it. I’m being dead serious. Every time I thought about being present, it was a foreign concept. I would get super uncomfortable when I thought about it. I didn’t think I could ever master it. Until I read Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now. This book allowed me to truly be in the moment with everything. To understand that everything is temporary. That I can make it through every situation.
What more can I say. I love being outside now, which is something I didn’t think I’d ever say to myself. Ever. I can’t see myself not living a life that doesn’t include being under the sun (or whatever sunny weather condition that is occurring that day) and running around. Nature inspires me and allows me to feel and be human. That I am imperfectly perfect. That I am enough.
Maintain A Child-Like State
This has been a life saver. I feel more alive and free. I go with the flow and can function. I feel like a simple human being who is living and present. As a theatre maker, this has been helpful as well. The only new material gets generated is by doing the things you did when you were a kid. Otherwise you’ll sink in the “too serious” category. And no one will like or respect you for that.
I hope this was some insight into what my lifestyle has taught me. These are powerful and important tools to have in life and I am eternally grateful to have learned them.
I hope ya’ll have a great day or night where ever you are. Namaste