I have been feeling SO happy lately, and I really think it has to do with the fact that I’m realizing that the world is changing.
In such a beautiful way.
People now seem to care more than they ever did before, and that’s all we can really ask for.
While we can look at the world and point out every horrific thing that is happening, we can also point out every amazing change that has been made. Compared to other generations, we are making so much progress!
Lately, I have been feeling more than ever that animals soon will see justice and will no longer be exploited by humans for money, for entertainment, for food, for our benefit.
Think about 100 years ago. SO many people didn’t even know what the word vegan meant. Yeah, there’s plenty of people like that today too, but still. Today is so different! The amount of progress that this movement has made is HUGE, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it.
Recently, two of my friends (hey Cait and Bianca!) both separately told me that they wanted to try out a vegan lifestyle, and that, to me, is huge. I know that we all care so much about different things, and most of us do care about animals, but to decide to move towards a plant based life is such an amazing choice to make!
The amount of vegan friends I have is really encouraging to me as well. I am so so so lucky to have so many gorgeous friends who also have the same set of morals in regards to the treatment of animals as I do. When I first went vegan, I thought I would constantly feel alone, but I feel more comforted as a vegan than ever before.
Today at work, I was talking to one of my coworkers about how long she’s been vegan for. When I asked her how long it has been, she so nonchalantly went “over 40 years.” 40 YEARS!!!! That’s insane, guys!! She was saying that she’s noticed such a change in the movement since she’s gone vegan. She said 40 years ago no one was vegan, and now it so amazing how accepted it is.
Which leads me to my next point, which is people being accepting of a vegan diet. So what I’m about to say is not meant to be harsh or judgmental in any way, I’m just saying how I feel. I hate how many people don’t accept others for being vegan, when it simply means a compassionate lifestyle. A lifestyle that doesn’t hurt others. A lifestyle that doesn’t take the lives of living beings just for our pleasure. You would think it would almost be the other way around, that it would be more typical for vegans to not accept an omnivore’s diet. It bums me out that I have met SO many vegans who feel the need to silence themselves about their veganism just to please others who don’t accept it.
So to sum up that little paragraph of negativity, I hate that I even have to say that “so many people are accepting of a vegan lifestyle nowadays,” because people already should be accepting of it. That’s like being like “hey, that person is just too considerate of others, and therefore I don’t accept their lifestyle choices.”
BUT! People are changing and the world is getting more and more beautiful each day.
For instance, the amount of positivity I receive in my life just from being vegan is so wonderful to me. Being vegan makes me so incredibly happy. It makes me feel SO healthy, so positive, so pure, so whole. If there is one thing in my life that I could absolutely never give up, it is being vegan, because it is so very much a part of who I am.
Don’t we want to be better than past generations? Don’t we want to be kind? I know few people who are actually cruel at heart, and I think that’s such a sign in itself. I personally believe the reason we still exploit animals for food as a society is because it’s the way it has always been. People remember their mom’s meatballs and their dad’s hamburgers and think that going vegan would make them abandon everything about who they used to be. There are (in my opinion, MORE) delicious food options out there than most would expect.
There’s nothing holding us back from making a positive change but ourselves.
One thing that blows my mind is that 400 million fewer animals were killed in 2014 because people are eating less meat. Wow. Just wow. ❤ ❤ ❤
I know it can seem like the world is full of horrible things, but I think it’s crazy that so many of us are vegan/care about animals. IT’S AMAZING!!!! Seriously, I know the numbers aren’t as great as we’d all like them to be, but there is still an ASTOUNDING amount of us who care and want to make a difference.
Do you guys think that things are changing for the better? I would love to hear any stories of when you realized that veganism is actually changing the world.
All of this makes me so incredibly happy. I love you all.