Is being vegan hard? That depends on your definition of the word.
For me, it was harder to give up Milka chocolate than to stop being friends with someone who has been by my side since I was born. It was also harder to stop referring to people as pigs when they were dirty than to watch a video of a cow having her throat slashed.
Some things were superficial and a routine, while others brought value and knowledge.
You have to ask yourself what it is that you truly want and care about. How badly do you want to change? How willing are you to take the necessary steps? Be honest with yourself.
Maybe your transition to veganism will require more time than you first planned for. Maybe it won’t. What you need to do is start by starting. Take a bite and test the waters.
I wrote about transitioning slowly before in these posts here and here. Actually, my whole blog is about helping people go plant-based in a way that works for them. Not one person is the same as someone else.
I’ve seen people go vegan overnight. I’ve also seen people who after 10 years are still struggling with ditching meat.
Who am I to say what will be hard for you? All I can do is tell you to listen to yourself, ask the important questions, and start moving forward.
Is being vegan hard? It can be, yes.
I would love it if the whole world stopped exploiting non-human animals today. I would love to see a vegan world in my lifetime. It would be wonderful to see pigs walking on grass for the first time and cows being reunited with their stolen calves.
But if you need time to go vegan, take it. If you need to go slow, crawl. As long as you are moving, you are getting closer to a lifestyle that fits with your values of love, kindness and compassion.
It took eleven months for me to go fully plant-based because I couldn’t give up a cake made with eggs. That was hard for me. Yes, cake.
Maybe you too will find giving up baked goods hard, but you will never know if you don’t try. You could be one of those lucky humans who just wake up three weeks after going vegetarian and know they are ready to quit all animal products.
How will you know which one is you?
Jump in the water and learn how to swim on the way. It’s fun.