Some days I wonder why I’m the kind of person that feels guilty, even when it’s not my fault. I do things to make people happy, and I’m likely to please them over me. However, I’m realizing that I shouldn’t apologize for everything, or even feel guilty at all. As you may already know I’m going vegan, and ever since I went vegetarian last September life is a little harder.Most people questioned my decision, and felt like they have the authority to tell me what to eat and why.
Sometimes I feel guilty, because people/family/friends cooked delicious meals for me and I have to say no. Then, I feel even worse because I keep saying no, no, and no, all over again, as well as keep explaining WHY. In some occasions either I starve, or I bring something (which I prefer and I don’t have a problem doing it), but the guilt is still there. I’m the stranger, the one that eats differently, the one you should worry about, or the one that is carrying her own dish.
Then, these past days I thought that I shouldn’t have to apologize for being vegetarian/vegan. This is my lifestyle, and I feel good about it. I don’t need to think that I should eat what people just cooked for the sake of it. Though, it is true that people love to celebrate with food, I don’t have to eat something I don’t want to, just because I’m the only vegetarian/vegan.
I don’t have to apologize for being vegetarian/vegan. I don’t have to change my lifestyle to please people, and I don’t have to eat meat to make people feel better.
This concept applies to every aspect of life. Don’t apologize for being different, for being true, and for being original. Don’t apologize if you enjoy eating tons of meat, or if you don’t. Life is too short to apologize for everything, and even shorter to live it the way people expect you to. Do what works for you, no matter what it means. We are different, and each one of us is given the chance to try life the way we want to.
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