Missed my country. Missed the forests. The amazing nature, the fresh air, the four seasons (which I still have difficulty in deciding which I like the most. Winter maybe? But the autumn colours! Oh and the spring flowers! Summer’s long hours!)
I am awake at 2.30am Monday, last week of school holiday. I slept at 8.30pm yesterday with the hope that I will wake up around 5am to do some homework before going for CCA (not hardworking, it’s been only 2 days since I started because I had been enjoying my freedom). Yesterday, I went to cycle alone (I don’t usually cycle alone) because I really cannot stay at home for 24 hours. Now looking at the map, I really went to the end of Singapore and came back! I am also not sure if 16km is long enough for cycling but I did it for fun and not as a form of training/exercise. The speed is also not accurate because I stopped for traffic lights and had forgotten to stop it after reaching home. I noted in the app (MapMyRide) that both my knees hurt a bit, now they feel fine but it kinda worries me. Maybe I am just afraid of injuries and something small can appear big to me.
I can’t sleep. I want to swim, but it’s so late. Just gonna do homework now, there is a lot…
There are times when people ask me if I have regretted becoming vegetarian since it’s troublesome to find vegetarian food (or maybe they just like the taste of meat too much and there is no way they will sacrifice meat to become vegetarian). Besides that, even in places where vegetarian food is offered, not many options are available.
When I get asked why I am vegetarian, my answer would be “I never liked the idea of eating meat”. That is the shortest answer I can think of.
I never liked the idea of eating meat from young. I remember how surprised I was when I found out that meat comes from animals (it seems common sense but I was really young so I didn’t know). Of course, I still continued eating meat because I did not know that it was possible without meat; everyone I knew ate meat. I started eating meat which does not look like meat (for example sausages, burgers). It was a nice way of lying myself which worked for many years.
As I grew older, I found out that there are vegetarians, vegans and even macrobiotics. I thought that it’s very strange and would have never thought of becoming vegetarian (ovo-lacto vegetarian to be specific). I also thought how much vegetarians are missing out not eating BBQ meat or pepperoni but I never thought how much I am missing out not eating the things that I eat now because I used to be REALLY picky when it came to food and as a result I ate a lot of processed food just because they tasted nice. Now, I realise that it was not because “they tasted nice”, but because they were addictive! (all those msg) I have started drinking soya milk which I used to describe as ‘disgusting’ but now ‘disgustingly nice’. (Haha I am quite stubborn). I eat many veggies & fruits which I did not use to eat as well (olives, avocado, zucchini etc).
The first time that the thought of becoming vegetarian hit me was when I watched a documentary of global warming that was given to me by a stranger. I don’t remember the title of the documentary. However, it was not very effective for me because I felt that even if I became vegetarian, it would not make much difference. I still believe that I do not make much difference because no one really goes around finding the number of vegetarians, meat-eaters etc and produces food based on the finding. In fact, I think manufacturers get so much profit that they would not care if they produce more than required because the loss would not be much. The only way this would have worked is if everyone passed the message and became vegetarian but that is not realistic (I got passed the message and did not choose to be vegetarian). I am sure almost everyone knows that being vegetarian is eco-friendly and I am certain there are people who know more details than I do about how being vegetarian can save the world but they still choose not to be vegetarian. It may be ignorant of me to think this way but this is just my opinion.
In the same period of time, I had interest in religions. I had changed from being Christian to free thinker (I actually consider myself as someone with no religion and the closest thing to describe my belief is agnostic atheist, not gonna talk about religion if not this would be really long). I was unsure if I had made a right decision so I read the Bible a lot; thinking that I would magically connect with God and become Christian again because it’s very hard to believe that you are something for your entire life and then BOOOOOOOM you think you are not. I would also share the things I read on the Bible and my interpretations of those with my sister who is a believer. I told her that “thou shalt not kill” should mean that animals cannot be killed so every Christian should be vegetarian because they indirectly kill animals by eating meat (many Christians will disagree with me saying it refers to humans only but it’s not important, believe whatever you want and feel happy about). I would have never thought that it would impact her so much and the next thing I knew… SHE BECAME VEGETARIAN. But she still ate fish because Jesus ate fish. Now, I have found out that some Bible scholars contend that the Greek word for “fish weed” (a dried seaweed) has been mistranslated in the story as “fish”. I shared that with her. Now, she does not eat fish too but mostly because of animal cruelty and not my findings. (But I still think I have influenced her.)
After my sister became vegetarian, I gradually reduced the amount of meat I ate because I realised that becoming vegetarian is possible and that is what I wanted to do. However, I was reluctant to change because I was still growing and I thought that i need the meat for protein (now I realise that it is possible to be vegetarian and get enough protein). I always had that thought of becoming vegetarian and researched a lot about becoming vegetarian. I would search things like “why should i become vegetarian”, “why i should NOT become vegetarian” and a lot of similar things around those lines so that I would get the whole picture and not just one side of the point. I also started talking about how it is good to be a vegetarian and realised that I was a hypocrite because I was not vegetarian. What made me become vegetarian, to finally decide that was what I wanted to do was finding out about ANIMAL CRUELTY.
I realised that I would never treat animals the way they are being treated and kill them for their meat. So why was it okay for someone else to do it for me?
I love animals especially dogs and I would never accept the idea of eating dogs, so why is it okay to eat other animals? (Discrimination)
There are those who think that vegetarians miss out and I used to be one of them. The truth is that it does not matter at all. In the end, the body treats food as nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats) so why not eat food without being responsible for the sufferings and deaths of animals?
I also came to the conclusion that one does not need to become vegetarian to be healthy if right choices of food are made. It really depends what you eat and I don’t think becoming vegetarian just to be healthy is necessary. The key to stay healthy is to have nutritious meals, exercise regularly and get enough rest!
A few years back, I would not have even thought that I will stop eating meat and I have no regrets, not even a bit (to answer if I have regretted becoming vegetarian in the first sentence).
Feel free to share your opinions about this with me :)
Whenever I read books, I will type my fav parts on my notes. Watched TFIOS yesterday and it was awesome. (Except that some characters looked better in the book.)
Edit: I also did not like how they did not mention that Hazel was vegetarian because it was one of the reasons I liked Hazel!
(Augustus about cigarettes)
You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.
(Hazel about being vegetarian)
“…Also, I don’t, um, eat meat?”
“Animals are just too cute?” Gus asked.
“I want to minimize the number of deaths I am responsible for,” I said.
(Hazel about “Without pain, how could we know joy?”)
…the existence of broccoli does not in any way affect the taste of chocolate
Sometime people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them.
I am in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and the oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.
Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.
Some infinities are larger than other infinities.
"You know how I know you’re a fighter? You called a ten a nine."
But that wasn’t quite right. I called it a nine because I was saving my ten.
We are like a bunch of dogs squirting on fire hydrants. We poison the groundwater with our toxic piss, marking everything MINE in a ridiculous attempt to survive our deaths. I can’t stop pissing on fire hydrants. I know it’s silly and useless – epically useless in my current state – but I am an animal like any other.
We are likely to hurt the universe as we are to help it, and we’re not likely to do either.
She is funny without ever being mean.
You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.
just went out with sis and she was happy to have someone to model for her XP