Note: my experience as a vegan is a highly fortunate one. My privilege shapes my reality and informs my experiences, opinions and actions. I aim to be aware of this as much as possible, consider its potentially damaging effect on others, and try to minimize that. I deeply value intersectionality and inclusivity.
You can call me Em. I put tahini on everything. I dance a lot. I eat plants because I love my body, the planet, and other beings. When I eat food I want it to be beautiful but not just in taste. I want it to nourish my body and brain, work symbiotically with the earth, and allow other earthlings their right for freedom and justice. I find that plants fit the bill pretty well, though going vegan is by no means an end-all solution to the world's problems.
I live with my family and kitties just outside Vancouver, Canada. It's an intimate and colourful place (albeit on the unceded territories of Coast Salish nations). My family is not strictly vegan or vegetarian but for the most part my parents have discovered over several years that they just feel best eating vegan "99% of the time". My brothers are another story.
One day when I was 16 I woke up and decided to be vegan (sorry, boring story). I started by blog shortly after in late 2011 after getting really into making raw vegan desserts. I have always had a massive sweet tooth. I eat vegan food because it makes me feel good. With the knowledge I've learned about what meat and dairy do to me, you, our earth, and our fellow animals, I try to minimize my consumption of foods and products that require violence to be created. Nobody should have to die just so I can eat a sandwich. In any case, a lot of people can thrive without eating animals. I understand that food access is a serious barrier for too many folks, but I am fortunate enough to be able to have access to, and afford, fresh fruits and vegetables. Going vegan might not be a realistic option for some but if it is possible for YOU to do, I highly recommend it.
Being vegan simply means caring about others.
That isn't so radical, is it?
I have always struggled with depression and now I deal with anxiety as well. Mental illness is challenging to live with, but I manage. Having a good support system is invaluable, as is forming healthy habits that keep me in a positive mental state (ex. meditation, eating whole foods, biking in the sun). I take anti-depressants and have no shame around it: we all need to do whatever works for us.
Eventually I'd like to "buy" - capitalism is weird - some land in BC and build a simple home to live in with animal companions and blackberry bushes. I enjoy living as minimally and sustainably as possible. I am grateful for trees, maple syrup, moss, friends, music and you. I am happy to be me: self-aware and able to grow, living in this miracle world of our infinite universe (seriously, what is the cosmos). Thank you for checking out my blog. I hope it improved your day.