I went vegetarian when I started uni. After doing a challenge to go without meat for 40 days a few months before, I knew it was not hard and I wanted to reduce my carbon footprint. So I went vegetarian for sustainable reasons.
A year later my father (51 at the time) had to undergo heart surgery, out of nowhere. It gave the family, especially my sister and I, quite the scare. We started learning more about the diets that were good for preventing heart disease, and this eventually led both of us to adopt a plantbased lifestyle.
Seven months ago, I went totally vegan. Being vegetarian had allowed me to look at animal products in a different way. To watch footage I would have never watched before. Taking a step back had allowed me to see the cruelty of animal exploitation.
I’m not the typical animal hugger, I always thought that there were issues way more important than animal rights…
Right now, I can only say it has changed my way of seeing things. I see that everything is connected. I want to take care of this planet and the beings on it, in all my ability.
Since I was young I always saw myself doing something in the future that involved helping others.
My career goals went from good fairy, to nurse, to Human rights activist. In 2012 I was blessed with the amazing opportunity to live in Guatemala for five months, learn spanish and volunteer. I had a real culture shock coming BACK. I felt guilty in so many ways, when going out, going to a restaurant, it wasn’t fair: Why could I do all those things? I started studying Law with the idea of becoming a diplomate, although it soon changed to being a Human Rights activist. There have been a lot of courses that I did not like, struggled to get through, but the idea that I might be able to help someone with this degree in the future, has always kept me going.
Still though, the future was still far away and I felt like I wanted to be able to make a change already. So I became an online human rights activist and joined a United Nations student group. But it wasn’t until I went totally vegan, that I really felt like I was doing something: I was being an activist three times a day! And it felt amazing, physically and mentally.
People who say that we first need to stop the atrocities among humans, before we save the animals, they are so wrong. There is no first this, than that. We need to do everything we can, take every opportunity we have to end the suffering of all beings. It’s that simple.
Who knows where I end up eventually, but as long as it is somewhere I can help making this planet a better place, then it’s where I need to be. And at least there is one thing I will stay dedicated to, for the rest of my life: being vegan.
Big thanks to all the vegans out there for being an activist for this planet everytime you eat (and probably even more often than that)! You’re all amazing!!!