“I choose not to make a graveyard of my body for the rotting corpses of dead animals.”
― George Bernard Shaw
Being Vegan comes with a lot of pressure. It may mean that you are held to very high standards not only by yourself but by your family, friends, and even strangers. I get that, because I’m there with you.
I’ve been vegan for a little more than a year, and somewhere in the beginning I’ve come the realization that being vegan is a commitment to trying your best, not being perfect. So ease up, you’re already doing so much by cutting out meat and dairy, making little mistakes does not mean you’re not vegan.
“A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses.”
― George Bernard Shaw
Here are the totally non-vegan things I did.
- Sometime before going vegan, I bought a leather, pink traveler’s journal. I still have it. No, I did not throw it away or sell it like many vegans suggest doing. What’s been done has been done, and it happened before I changed my lifestyle.
- I wear contact lenses, which apparently are not vegan. I need them to see, and I don’t like wearing glasses.
- A week ago I drank coffee with some milk derivative in it.
- I eat bread without checking the ingredients. I am confident that it won’t have animal products, because it is Armenian bread, including lavash. It contains only flour, yeast, and water. However, there’s always a chance the bread my parents bought might not be vegan (because they get different ones often).
- I ate a spoon of cake (spoon because it didn’t meet my expectations). I thought the cake we bought was a cake from my childhood, but this one was quite horrible. I could not give up the opportunity to do that.
- I don’t always buy vegan makeup. I try, but somethings I do not prefer to get in vegan-friendly brands, like foundation.
Posting something similar to this on Vegan amino sometime ago, I got a reply from a Vegan of 30 years, who had eaten cheese by accident only the week prior to writing that comment. So the point is, it’s okay. You’re doing your best and that is what counts. If doing your best now is cutting out meat and cheese, but occasionally eating something non-vegan, you’re still being awesome. Having 300 vegans who aren’t the godly definition of perfect is better than 5 perfect vegans. Enjoy your life.
However, I'd like to add this; I don’t see myself eating meat ever again. I cannot even think about it because it disgusts me. I can’t imagine myself drinking milk. Being vegan is the only thing I can think of that I’ll always do (and I change a lot). I love being Vegan, it’s opened my world up and it makes me feel amazing. It has got to be one of the coolest things I do with my life.
How do you not live up to vegan expectations?
“Veganism is not a "sacrifice." It is a joy.”
― Gary L. Francione
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