When I was in my early twenties and working in an office in downtown Montreal, I would preach to anyone who would listen…and many who didn’t…about the atrocities of:
- Eating lobsters and boiling them alive
- Eating baby veal cows
- How hunting was a heinous crime.
And I succeeded.
To this day…I believe it is the absolute best way to:
- Make enemies
- Lose friends
- Alienate myself and others
Not really working…
That was how it started for me as a vegetarian. Armed with all this new knowledge…which, at the time, I had to hunt for as it was not as readily available as it is now, I felt that I needed to educate the world as to what they were doing!
I was so happy because I KNEW that everyone would be so grateful to learn the error of their ways and would then just change and we would all be happy together.
Not so much.
I was greeted with resentment, alienation and, of course, being that everyone becomes a nutritionist as soon as they find out you are vegan or vegetarian, all the facts about why I was wrong.
And so…I educated myself. I read everything that I could possibly lay my hands on about veganism, nutrition and health. A lot has changed since those days and 30 years later, I am still learning.
Everyday there is more new information and everyday more information is debunked. It isn’t about regurgitating the information that is in a book or on a video. It is about living it. Immersing yourself in it. Finding out what works for you…trial and error.
So along the way, I found myself no longer rooted to my soapbox! I don’t preach…and unless you ask me…I probably won’t even tell you that I am vegan. However, something interesting has happened along the way.
Because I live the way that I do…people have started to notice. They ask me what it is that I do. So… that’s an invitation…right?
That’s when I dive in!
But I don’t tell them what they are doing wrong…I tell them what I am doing right! And that changes everything!
People become engaging…they want to know more…they want to hang out…they want me to help them <3
Making people feel heard, loved and supported wherever they are on their personal journey…because it is personal and no one has a right to enforce their beliefs on anyone else…is the best way to:
- Make friends
- Be involved in community
- Be happy
They don’t actually really ask me about lobsters, baby cows or hunting either. They ask me about nutrition, health and lifestyle…hmmm…
So I’ve learned a lot…and I still have a lot to learn.
But if you come over for a cup of tea…I promise you that I won’t preach at you…unless you ask 😉