I’ve written a lot about my recent revolution. Losing a hundred pounds, finding a better work/life balance, overcoming my extreme shyness. The key to making it happen has been to slowdown and take things one step at a time, rather than trying to do it all at once.
One thing I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but could never quite commit fully until now, is convert to a vegetarian diet (not vegan, mind you, I still eat dairy). There are a lot of reasons for it. Environmental, ethical, health. But ultimately, I’ve never really liked meat. I ate it because that’s what I had always known, therefore it was what was “normal.”
I’ve been quietly working towards making the change for awhile. Cutting out red meat and only eating turkey or chicken (free range of course) a few times a week. I felt ready to commit completely, so I told myself that I would do it the day after I went to the State Fair. It was something on my calendar and seemed like a good benchmark to use.
It’s been just about a month now and I don’t miss meat… at all.
I will admit, though, it was a little challenging at first because I was so used to my same routine. I’ve been forced to break free of that familiarity and find new foods to enjoy, which has actually been really fun. Now that I’m in the swing of it, I’ve started sharing this new part of my lifestyle with people and either get an eye-roll or a high-five, depending on who I’m talking to.
So it is with life, I suppose. There will be cheerleaders and there will be hecklers. I used to live my life, somewhat unknowingly, trying to appease those who jeered. Now, I realize, a life worthwhile is lived with those who cheer you on, no matter if they agree or not, without worry about those who sneer.
Be well, friends.