Veganism, buying Canadian, and living intentionally.
Today I'd like to talk about intentional living...and....veganism.
Yes, you read that right. Veganism. The dreaded V-word that makes many a party-host shudder. Just reading it probably made you shudder and want to close your browser to run and eat a big hamburger. I get it.
But hold tight, I promise this won't be a rant about eating meat. Promise.
I've dedicated this year to trying to figure out what brings me the most joy. As I wrote in my last blog post, I'm trying to adopt a minimalist approach to my life. I try not to focus on what I don't have and instead, turn the spotlight on all of things I do have. I've de-cluttered my house as much as possible - I've gotten rid of a lot of the things I don't need or use to free up space and quiet the chaos. I've started to look at future career options that I know will challenge me, enrich me, and push me to be a better person. I've limited my time on social media and started only following people/things/brands I believe bring value to my life. I've started taking steps to be more introspective and to look at my life and choices in a different light.
Overall, these things have made me a happier person. Of course, it's a work in progress. Life isn't all unicorns and rainbows and I'm not always The Best Person Ever™ . But that's life and things aren't always linear and things aren't always up. And that's okay.
But because of minimalism, I've really taken a microscope to my own life and who I am and what I value and believe in. I've realized that the things that I value the most come without a price tag. I don't think I'm alone in that.
So, off the top of my head, here are things I value:
0. C, my Family, Friends and Pets
3. The Environment / Nature / Animals
5. Goofiness / Silliness / Laughter
6. Knowledge and Science
8. The Truth
9. Adventure and Travel
10. Safety and Security
So, I know you're sitting there like, "Yeah, okay Cass, I get it. But what does this have to do with veganism?"
Well, while looking into living my life more intentionally, I came the realization that my food choices weren't aligning with many of my values and beliefs. In fact, how I was eating went directly against many of my morals. I'm especially concerned about the environment....and the agricultural industry plays a big role in the degradation of the environment. Along with that, there are so many animals that suffer in slaughterhouses...and I didn't want to be a part of that anymore. Dolphins are my favorite animal and imagining them dying in fishing nets didn't sit right with me either.
So....I made a choice. A fairly drastic choice, but one that supports my values. I don't buy a lot of things, but damn do I buy a lot of food. So I'm using my money as a form of protest....a silent protest, but one that I hope can change things...even just a little bit.
Along with adopting a vegan diet, I've also decided to drastically reduce the amount of products I buy from the US. I don't support the current administration in the US, and I feel that one of the easiest ways for me to protest is with my dollar. A lot of our produce comes from the US, so it's a challenge, but one I'm up for. This summer, when the New West Farmer's Market is back, C and I will be buying 90% of our produce from it. When we move and get a place with a backyard, we plan to plant a garden and grow a lot of our own produce so that we can support ourselves (even just a little bit).
I know to some of you guys, this sounds like hippy-dippy bullshit. I'm not trying to convince you to go vegan or vegetarian or even cut down your meat consumption (though that would be great!) What I'm trying to get across is that you and your choices have power.
Read that again.
You and your choices have power.
I've found that lately, with all the political/economic/global craziness, I've felt at a loss. The future seems so...dark. I didn't know what to do, so I didn't do anything. It wasn't until I really thought about that I realized that I can do something. Yes, I'm one person....one really small person. But hey, if there are a million people making intentional choices that align with their morals...good things are bound to happen. Plus, I can sleep better knowing that I'm doing -something- to make the future a better place. You know that unwritten rule they leave at campgrounds? "Leave it in a better shape than you found it." I'd like to apply that to our planet.
Anyways, if you're looking for some vegan talk....head over to my "Health" section on this website. I'll be posting more and more about my transition to veganism, vegan nutrition, etc. I've also moved away from Facebook and I'm spending more time on Instagram. You can check me out there at @OhYouSillyDuck. :)
And of course, have a wonderful (intentional) day, whoever you are.