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From: Amanda (pcp03769411pcs.parads01.nm.comcast.net)
Subject: My Story
Date: June 11, 2003 at 8:56 am PST

Hi,
I'm Amanda and I'm a new vegetarian. I thought I should tell my story because it might release some of the tension I'm having during this time.

My intrest in vegetarianism began in the 7th grade. I had just moved to New Mexico(Boringville Central), so I had 0 friends. I spent most of my time in the library(basically, my sanctuary). I ran across a book on animal cruelty and looked through it. There were gruesome pictures of animals at the slaughter house. It disgusted me and brought me to tears. I couldn't look at meat the same way again. So then I came across books on vegetarianism and I began reading those. I was so interested that I made it my new goal in life; to be a vegetarian was my lifelong wish.

I tried about 7 times from when I was 12 to when I was 13 and I was exhausted. The only reasons why I quit each time were the cravings and the comments(you get the picture, right?). I was very angry with myself for eating meat when I knew that I wanted to save these poor animals. Even though the guilt ate away at me, I instilled it in my mind that I could become a vegetarian.

Now, here I am today, 14 years old and a happy vegetarian. My parents are still reluctant of my decision, I still get comments, it gets harder to find things to eat in my house, and my brother still trys to point out my every fault, but I'm hanging in there and I feel so good making this transition!

Thank you for reading my story. I look forward to reading other peoples' stories. Thanks again!
Amanda



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