The Lonely Vegan

The holidays are coming with its many food centered family gatherings. It will be my fourth year going in to the festivities as “the vegan”.

I lucked out this year, my mom and I will be preparing a vegan feast for everyone. (fingers crossed that it doesn’t change)

However, I know how it feels to be the stereotypical lonely vegan.

It’s one of those “feeling lonely in a crowd” types of feeling.

I remember the first time I felt it.

It was my first day as a vegan. At the time my brother and I went to the same school and we would eat together frequently. I always looked forward to our lunch and dinner dates.

It only hit me once we sat down in the stall of the Rotisserie place we had gone so many times.

I would feel like an outsider in all the places that were so familiar to me. Furthermore I was now alien to my own family.

Loneliness is a powerful feeling. It can dissolve anyone’s resolve to be true to themselves.

The people whose understanding you wish for the most will likely never come.

There will be birthday cakes you won’t eat, awkward meals where you are the only one not eating the hostess’ food.

There’s nothing you can do about it.

There will be endless ads for fried chicken breasts, cheesy pizza and bacon lovers’ cheeseburgers on the YouTube videos you watch everyday. On the billboards you pass on your way home. In your magazines and your mailbox.

The whole world will make you feel lonely.

There’s nothing you can do about it.

You will read about the needless deaths, watch documentaries that will make you cry. You’ll stare at the kill counter and have sleepless nights once in a while.

You’ll have to continue living in this world where 150 Billion animals are killed each year for no reason.

There is something you can do about it. 

You can continue being the lonely vegan.

Doing what’s right.

There is power in loneliness. Don’t give up.

p.s. By the way you’re not alone at all! 😉 I’m right there with you.

*Photo Credit: Marketa flickr Creative Commons 2.0

6 thoughts on “The Lonely Vegan

  1. Great article! Really like this story and has such a good message. Do you ever feature your writing with any other sites at all?

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    1. Thank you! Yes I write articles on theflamingvegan.com but I’m always looking to write more elsewhere. Do you know any sites where I could feature my writing?

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