I don’t know why, but this time it feels so much different going vegan.
I was a vegan from September 2011 – May 2012. I chose to return to vegetarianism May 2012 for many reason that I won’t get into. Two big ones were: not having too much support from my friends and family, and returning to living at home with a meat-eating family so it was easier to be vegetarian.
I must say I am very glad I was not a vegan when I was traveling in Europe, I found it difficult just as a vegetarian. I very much admire those who travel to places with different cultures as a vegan. While I was living in London though, I was surrounded by people who not only understood and supported veganism, but also many people living a vegan lifestyle.
Now I am back at university, and kind of sad that I don’t have the massive support I would have had in London. Don’t get me wrong, I do have support here and very much appreciate it, but in London I was surrounded by people with the same interests and passions. I felt so motivated while I was surrounded by those people, that’s when I decided I would return to veganism when I started university again. Now that I’m back and I don’t have people who are so passionate about the same things as me around, I feel so unmotivated to be a vegan. Deep down I know it’s what I want to do, and what I should be doing right now, but being surrounded by people who make off hand comments and who don’t care (or care enough to ask) why I chose to become a vegan (and I mean really ask) and why it means so much to me, makes me wonder if it’s all worth the effort.