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Why it's okay to make small changes

First of all, I'll get this out of the way quickly, I don't think I'll ever tire of the peace sign pose for selfies, it just reminds me of all the love I had for the Spice Girls. Second of all, my hair is no longer pink, it's back to being a weird faded gingery colour, the pink did not last long at all. (also shamelessly posting a selfie!)

Okay, on to the main reason for the blog post - I'm talking about making changes in your life.

This post will focus on small changes regarding vegetarians, vegans and cruelty free products, so if you fit into one of those categories or are interested in reading a bit more then sit down and get comfy cause this could be a long one.

For some background information, I've been vegetarian for over four months now (minus my slip up of eating a burger at Burger King two weeks into going vegetarian when Craig and I went to the cinema and I was on autopilot. I felt so bad the rest of the day. Literally, so bad). I didn't find going vegetarian difficult as the amount of meat I ate wasn't that much any way. I would maybe eat the odd bit of chicken or some sliced meat on a sandwich but that's really it.

When I was younger my mum would generally make dinner with at least one meat thing and some vegetables or pasta etc. This was the norm for me for twenty five years, the same type of meals and attitude towards food. I grew up learning what food I liked from my parents when they fed me, I ate what was put on my plate, I was given types of food and told this was is how it is. As are most children.

Given this was essentially how I lived until I moved out, I was pretty much in a single track mind about meals and food. It wasn't until I was living on my own and earning my own income that this changed. I almost had to re-learn the previous years of meals, food and attitudes towards meat. I had to learn what meals I could afford to cook, what ingredients I could buy and the best places to get them.

When I decided to become vegetarian I had to take twenty five years of experience with food and push it aside. For some, this doesn't seem like a big deal, but for people who have a hard time with change this is an incredible deal. If you think about it, you're kind of saying that everything you've learned up until this point is about to change. You need to learn everything again, what meals you like, what food you can still eat, what products don't contain animal fats or animal products etc. And that is a really big deal. If you've ever made that decision, fucking well done to you. I truly mean it.

The momentum behind this post was an argument I'd gotten into with someone over the changes I'd made. He was essentially saying that although I'm now vegetarian, I'm not doing enough. I politely disagreed and it ended up in a heated argument.

His side was that unless you're vegan, you're not trying hard enough and it eventually resulted in me telling him to fuck off with elitist attitude.

I then, not so politely, told him that ANY changes to your attitude to meat in terms of cutting down is a good change. It doesn't need to be cutting things out completely. Even just cutting down the amount of meat you eat is enough to make a difference. I suggested that for someone who eats meat every single day of the week to cutting down to eating meat twice a week would still make a difference and that his attitudes puts people off from doing so.

I further explained that not everyone can just quit everything all at once. As I said, some people can't process change or they don't cope well with a drastic change in lifestyle, so his all or nothing attitude was going to put people off from trying to make any little changes as well. It's unfair to ask someone to go vegan and cruelty free over night and for the most part, if you're bullying people into thinking this all or nothing attitude is the only way to make a difference then I honestly believe that you're part of the problem.

I've spoken to so many people who've said that they won't consider going vegetarian so because of this are never likely to go cruelty free either because what's the point. I feel like pulling my hair out when people say this.

So here's my post boiling down to one little point - MAKE SMALL CHANGES.

If you don't want to go vegetarian, try looking at cruelty free products in skin care and make up, try finding non-animal products for clothing, try cutting down eating meat even just once a week. If you don't want to go vegan, try cutting out certain aspects of dairy, try weaning yourself away from cheese, try finding recipes that use alternatives for eggs. Small changes can and do make a difference.

This post is obviously not an 'I'm pointing the finger at you, you must change your ways' type of thing, it's literally just to highlight that if you're even making the smallest of changes, you are making a difference and you should be proud of that. Don't let all or nothing people put you off from trying to help animals and the environment, your smallest changes can and will show benefits. And you never know, your small changes might encourage someone else to do something, that's literally how easy it is to influence someone. You can influence through support and encouragement for the better or you can influence through bullying and put people off all together.

If you read this far, cheers for sticking to it. I'd like to know if anyone else feels the same way as I do so if you have anything to add to this, let me know and I'll happily discuss it. Politely, obviously.

And to the guy that provoked this massive blog post, cheers for inspiring me, your shitty attitude at least did one thing right.

Finally, look how cute this image is! (click for credit)

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