Posted by happycowgirl at 11/23/11 22:43:41Hi Gavin,
Welcome to Happycow! Thank you for sharing your story. The happycow community is full of kind souls so you've come to the right place.
I've found so many 'truths' in life I wouldn't know where to start, but one of them is trying to go through life and cause the smallest amount of suffering possible to others (other people, the environment, animals ...every creature big or small is a concern to me down to the smallest bug). I don't think it's possible to go through life without causing some suffering. For example, just driving to the grocery store I will inevitably smash a bug on my windshield and pollute the atmosphere. Even if I rode my bike I will invariably run over an ant or two. Even buying organic, vegan food there will probably be some poor field mouse who gets caught up in the harvesting equipment used to process the grain, etc for my dish. Suffering is a part of life. Death is a part of life. My goal is to cause the least amount of suffering possible. That's why I've become vegan. It's been a long journey and it's been difficult at times (giving up dairy was the hardest for me). It's amazing though how the universe rewards you for it. In this case, with better health. I can't believe how incredibly healthy and great I feel since going vegan. Anyway, you can see how good I am at rambling on once I get started.
All the best,