Note: my experience as a vegan is a highly fortunate one. My privileges shape my reality and inform my experiences, opinions and actions. I aim to be aware of my privileges as much as possible, consider their potentially damaging effect on others, and try to minimize that.
You can call me Em. I eat raw 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. Although it's a big city, it's still an intimate and colourful place (albeit on the unceded territory 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.
I put tahini on everything. I enjoy anything that connects me deeper to the planet and my own psyche... this includes meditation, yoga, weight training and other exercise, hiking, camping, kayaking, listening to music, dancing, sharing with others, snowshoeing, anything to do with food, philosophy, reading, photography, painting, writing, and a lot more.
Outdoors is where I am most at peace.
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 very challenging to live with, but I manage it. 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 some land in BC and build a simple home to live in with animal companions and maybe a garden (although I'm not that good at gardening). I enjoy living as minimally and sustainably as possible. I am grateful for trees, maple syrup, my cats, home, family, friends, music and you. I am happy to be a healthy human, 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.