Plant love has seeped into my lifestyle, and green juice is flowing through my veins these days. I scour the internet trying to find vegan shoe options that align with my distaste for plastic’s existence in this universe. I lovingly munch on rice and beans lettuce wraps, pondering what more I can do to promote a vegan lifestyle to others besides eat and shop. I’ll continue to vote with my dollars as vegan consumer, but I also wish to put out more positive action into the world. What else could I create and do?
First of all, I quietly persist. I used to underestimate the social influence of small consistent action. As I eat my lettuce, and admit to sometimes craving ice cream, people observe. They see that becoming vegan can be a challenge for me as it likely would be initially for them. They see that sometimes I struggle to convert a recipe, and that this struggle produces in me an extreme amount of joy and pride, like a difficult workout that leads to long term fitness goals. Good struggle. Satisfaction. Work.
Secondly, I share. I gift my knowledge and experience to anyone who asks to hear my story. I do not force my vegan baggage upon people who are not ready to embrace it or are too overwhelmed to carry it. Instead, I wear my green T-shirt, and wait for them to find the space to notice and ask. And when they do, I try to welcome them warmly from where they are now. I show them that the vegan side of the street is a pretty cool place to live. Why did the chicken cross the road? He knew his neighbor was vegan, too. (I just made that up.)
One day, my vegan ambition is to convert more people to this community. Could I expand my food skills by preparing meals or giving vegan cooking lessons to some hungry souls? Perhaps I could speak to some food bank volunteers, to see if vegan options might be most affordable and healthy for those in need. I’ll sneak a vegan cookbook into the little free library just down the street from my house. I’ll go bigger and figure out how to present a viable business plan that influences dairy farmers to convert their facilities to profitable vegan based agriculture. Maybe one day I’ll write my own business plan, and finally build that little barn that only serves vegan ice cream, yoga classes, and happiness, while rescued farm animals lounge in style in their own luxury accommodations across my property. One day, I’ll find a pair of vegan shoes that are super cool and non-synthetic, and I won’t have to think about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch while I walk.
I have a lot of ambition, but for now, I quietly persist.