I am a nice quiet vegan. Maybe not so quiet, but nice. I don’t push my lifestyle on others, most of the time. I do enjoy a good Twitter “debate” though. Twitter is the place to either push for your agenda or defend your agenda.
My Facebook page is usually pretty tame: blogs, recipes, tips, and product reviews.
My website is a mixture of both.
All that social media aside, I am always happy to answer questions about veganism. I like to show off my food that I make for my family and friends. I also like to brag how easy, compassionate, and delicious being a vegan is.
Out in the real world, it’s a little more complex. I have a family to provide for. I have a job to do. I have people I need to work with to get through the day. I have children (older, but still my kids) that aren’t vegan yet.
Sometimes, actually many times, it can be very frustrating and aggravating hearing the constant unwanted comments, digs, and jokes against veganism. You think you grow accustomed to the ill remarks, but I am not sure you ever really do. Yes, they grow wearisome. They are cliché. They are expected.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR PROTEIN?
DOES THE SMELL OF GRASS MAKE YOU HUNGRY?
So, when the unexpected is said unexpectedly, sometimes, it’s time to rejoice and just revel in the moment that maybe, just maybe your veganism has had a positive impact on others.
I BOUGHT SOME VEGAN PRODUCTS YESTERDAY!
I CAN’T BELIEVE HOW GOOD THEY TASTED!
I work with mostly men. I work with mostly omnivores with a heavy leaning towards meat and all other food groups go around their meat. A small group of us can talk, laugh, and joke about all our food sources, including my veganism. I joke about how their food is going to kill them. They joke about making me vegan baked beans with bacon added just for flavor. It’s ok.
Today, one of them approached me when I walked in this morning to let me know they not only found on sale, but purchased vegan meatballs yesterday and could not believe how great they were, even without sauce and just baked in the oven. I was impressed. I was even more so impressed when they continued that they bought some other vegan products and were so far, very surprisingly impressed with them.
I know as a vegan we feel like at times, it’s a losing battle to get others to see the light. Today, I feel like I made a difference and it feels good, really really good!