You don’t eat meat? Then what do you eat?

Ahhh. The phenomenal and frequently asked question. ‘If you don’t eat meat? Then, like, what do you eat?’

Food? That didn’t lose their life for me.

Firstly. I actually hate the massive conversation I seem to always have, as to why I CHOSE to be a vegetarian. Especially when I have never said “Hey! Why do you eat meat when their is an abundance of other food sources?” I don’t know what your supermarket looks like, but in mine we have this huge area for fruits and vegetables and over a dozen aisles of other foods that weren’t once enjoying their life… Since when does what I choose to put in my mouth effect anybody else?

Then the questions that follow, but what if theirs only chickens left on earth and you would die if you didn’t eat it? Lets get this straight am I the only human left? If I am I probably wouldn’t want to be here anyways. If that’s the case, I probably have to kill the chickens too? No. I am out. I would die. This unlikely situation will most likely never happen, just like all your other hypothetical questions your eager to ask.

Please.. Ask a smart question, like “Oh, why did you eat meat in the first place?”

So I can tell you, ‘because I didn’t know better. I didn’t know what I do now. What I continue to learn. The more compassion we have for this world and what roams it, the better earth shall be. I want to be better,’ and if this is a simple change that I can make for the world to be better. Then count me in. I had grown up oblivious to what was really on my plate.

Give yourself a chance, if only to learn. Gain understanding.

Secondly. I’m not walking around with ‘vegetarian’ on my forehead. I don’t like to put myself into the vegetarian box. Because, I don’t know what the fine line print is of being a vegetarian. My decision was and is, I don’t want to eat animals, I don’t want to indulge in a life that was sacrificed for my satisfaction. I will not. in the beginning I didn’t realize certain lollies contain gelatin. That wasn’t vegetarian of me was it, to those people that want to criticize me. The same people that wonder, then why are you not vegan? I simply was once again oblivious, I gained knowledge and excused those lollies from my diet.

I am not telling any body to stop eating meat, you do you and I will do me. I am asking that we become more conscious of our choices. Even if, that is as simple as putting your rubbish in the bin. Where it belongs. Using less water. Smiling at strangers. The smallest of actions, will make this world better. If we all try to be better, then this world will be a better place. It costs absolutely nothing.

I used to love chicken nuggets, now I simply cannot look at chicken nuggets as food, (unless its soy nuggets, then pass them over here please haha.) We as humans are consistently changing, look at how far the world has come with accepting all races, equality in the work place and praise the lord as marriage equality is being more accepted. Just like not eating meat, there is now a huge range of ‘alternatives’ for vegetarians across Australia, United States, Canada. This change probably wasn’t as easy for your parents or your grandparents. But, for us, now, we have these options available.

I believe I am equal to all other existences.

 

 

 

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“I began to see myself as someone who can help others understand diversity rather than feeling like a social outcast. Ellen taught me to not care about other people’s opinions. She taught me to be truthful. She taught me to be free. I began to live my life in love and complete acceptance. For the first time I had truly accepted myself.”

–  Portia de Rossi, Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain

Mountains.

” Life’s a climb, but the views great” – Miley Cyrus

I am often enticed by the need to climb mountains. The view from the top. Your thoughts. Disconnecting from chaos and engaging in nature. Admiring the birds and the unpaved paths. The surroundings, the colours of the trees. The air! Oh god, do I love the air I am devouring (because mountains are tough) it’s fresh, and it’s clean.

Freeing and liberating.

I know some people don’t understand the joy that climbing mountains brings, and I am sure it’s different for everybody. Though my recent hikes had me asking myself these questions. I put it down, the adventure up a mountain can be the shortest glimpse of life.

The challenge, you have to believe in yourself, constantly push yourself, be your own support. Just like life, you’ve got to have your own back, you have to lift yourself up. When your body is failing you have to control your thoughts, or when your mind is giving up you have to convince yourself of your strength.

The uncertainty of the path or getting to the top, the extremities of the hike. The inclines, or the accidental falls. Trusting that you are capable (which trust me, you are) of whatever lies ahead to get to where you want to be.

And of course, the view, the reminder of how minuscule we are in this world, and our issues that constantly feel so large. A moment of appreciation, to be grateful for your mind and body that is capable of such a challenge. That feeling of accomplishment, of success.

That is why I love mountains.

Dating in 2017. Consider me out.

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This is one of the many topics that has been exhausting me recently;

– Dating in 2017. Erhk!

Actually I don’t even know if people get to ‘dating‘ before somebody has seen enough of them.

Yes, I was apart of this time wasting, self absorbent, phase for the past few years, although I have signed myself off for dating as I don’t want any part of the current dating game. I realized how fucking crazy I am to try and look atleast a seven out of ten every damn day, then to spend countless hours getting that lighting or that filter, because I want to keep this one, and he needs to know I am atleast a seven! This is all for guys, that don’t even ask how I am? Let alone any other questions I would usually want to be asked, from any potential candidates to be the future daddy of my kittens.  Sorry, what? People are more worried about how I look, than how I am actually doing. Since when is looking perfect the key to any sort of relationship, friendship even. I came to the conclusion that this is it, for as long as I can keep shooting those selfies, this pointless game will be played.

That’s what I have stooped to? Putting LIFE on hold, for guys that may not ever, even take me on a date. But I will spend 10 minutes of my time to make sure he gets a good photo of me? Am I not worth a conversation? A phone call to chat, a laugh? A date? Since when did I need to please a man, to be able to be pleased with myself?

That is why I have officially signed off dating in 2017.

There’s so much living to be had, there is currently seven and a half billion people on this earth, I will be damned if I will continue to waste any more time on trying to impress any one human, that is not myself.

So please, be greater than society, you are worthy of so much more!  

Cheers, ‘To all the ladies in the place with style and grace!’ – The Notorious B.I.G.

 

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Trust me, it’s paradise. This is where the hungry come to feed. For mine is a generation that circles the globe and searches for something we haven’t tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It’s probably worth it. You hope, and you dream but you never believe that something is going to happen for you, not like it does in the movies and when it actually does you expect it to feel different more visceral, more real, I was waiting for it to hit me. I still believe in paradise, but now at least I know it’s not some place you can look for ‘cause it’s not where you go, it’s how you feel for a moment in your life and if you find that moment it lasts forever.
– Alex garland