Why I gave up being obsessed with veganism.

A year ago I would feel embarrassed if you’d ask me what my hobbies were. I would stutter something about books and the environment but I would quickly make sure that you knew fighting for animal rights was my priority.

I was so damn ashamed of being interested in more than what happens in slaughterhouses.

The strange thing is that this doesn’t mean I don’t love writing about it and being an activist, it just means that I am a human with diverse interests. I am so much more than my website and my social media accounts.

When I started attending an acting school a few years ago I felt so awful for not being 100% committed to saving animals. I felt so bad that once a week I would pretend I am someone else and entertain others. It had no value compared to being an activist.

Veganism was my whole life.

Today, I look at veganism as something that is a result of my values, just like what I wear and what I read are. It’s an important part of my life and I still love writing this blog and posting on Instagram, but I am at peace with having other interests.

It’s a lifestyle, not a religion. Although there is a definition, there are no rules. You won’t burn in hell if you are gay or trans or promiscuous. You don’t have to impress anybody. There is no god to obey. It is how you live your life to be moral and ethical towards others.

I feel more joy when I sit behind my desk and write for the website now that I don’t feel obliged to do it every day. I feel inspired and at ease.

Animals don’t mean any less to me, I just don’t put my freedom in the hands of what someone in the vegan community says I should too.

I don’t want to be a full-time professional activist that has no time to do anything else. It’s an admirable job and I feel inspired by those beautiful people who do it, but I want something else.

I am a vegan but above that I am me.

With that in mind, I do want to tell you that you can follow me on Instagram and Twitter where I sometimes share more than just eco-vegan things.

I will talk to you soon,

Tanja

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