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Tales From The Life Of A Longtime Vegetarian

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May. 30th, 2011 | 11:32 pm

I've been a vegetarian for most of my life. My parents tell me that when I was a kid I would refuse to eat meat, and iI would ask if something "had babies", and refuse to eat it if the answer was yes. I think my family became vegetarians when I was about 7.  I'm 18 now, and I can't see myself really ever eating meat again. It bugs me so much that people think being a vegetarian is such a weird thing and that I'm part of some other planet because I don't eat meat.  I tell people that I'm a vegetarian and their first response is usually either "OMG WHY?!" or "WHAT DO YOU EAT THEN?!" Why? Because it's my life choice. It doesn't have to be your life choice. I'm not trying to convert you to become a vegetarian. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't challenging at times, and it's absolutely not practical for the entire world to convert to vegetarianism. What do I eat? Pretty much everything except meat. I usually tell people "Oh, I eat a lot of salad and a lot of pasta." which is kind of the answer that I think they want to hear. I eat a lot of everything except for meat.  I was at a memorial day picnic today, which naturally had hotdogs and hamburgers. I just ate lots of salads and sides and stuff and that was ok for me. People don't seem to think that this is acceptable, and I don't really know why. The thing that really bugs me the most is when people are like "OMG DOES IT BOTHER YOU THAT I'M EATING THESE RIBS RiGHT IN FRONT OF YOU?! Cause, you know, you can't eat it and stuff...." No. Actually it doesn't bother me. If I wanted to eat meat, I'd be eating meat. I don't care if you eat meat in front of me. It's just like if you were to eat artichokes in front me. I hate artichokes, and have no desire to ever eat them. If you want to "taunt" me by eating something sitting next to me that I have no desire to eat, it doesn't bother me. It really has absolutely no effect on me when people eat meat in front of me. But it bothers me when they think that they're taunting me or something by doing so. Dude, just eat your meal and I'll eat mine. You probably don't want whatever I'm eating, and I probably don't want whatever you're eating.
I just wish people would accept that being a vegetarian is actually not weird at all. It doesn't mean that I'm part of some other species. I'm a person, just like you, that just doesn't eat meat.

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