I’ve messed up a couple times in the past years. Once I ate a big, steamy bowl of delicious Vietnamese soup that my little old waiter kept insisting was meat-free and dairy-free. “No milk, or eggs or anything either?”
No, no, just noodles, tofu and vegetables, no meat at all. I promise you, please trust me, I’d never lie. I love you.
What he meant was there was no meat in the soup—he would sub it out for some tofu—but what he didn’t tell me was that the delicious, aromatic, hot broth with all its veggies and spices, was made from cow bones, cow tongue, cow brains, cow butthole, cow hopes and dreams, cow this, cow that BOY-O that ingredient list on Wikipedia did not stop!
But it was my fault. I should have done my research first, I should have asked questions instead of wanting to avoid stressing out this little old man with a full restaurant. I broke vegan edge, bros.
Everyone makes mistakes
All kidding aside, I was pretty bummed. But the moral of the story is, I got over it. I realized, “Hey, I’m human. I made a mistake.” The good I felt I had been doing up to that point, and the resolve I had toward being more on top of my choices in the future was more important to me than sulking or wanting to give up … never!
So if this is something you’re interested in, go for it! I don’t want to say there are no hardline rules, but everyone goes at their own pace. If you’re completely vegan except that you can’t give up cheese JUST YET, don’t trip on it!
“Well I’ve tried to give up cheese and I failed. I can never be vegan.”
Shut up! Don’t give up! Fail and fail and fail some more, as long as you keep on the straight and narrow and have progress on your mind, you’ll get there eventually. Remember it’s not about you, it’s about the animals.
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