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From: starfruit (
Subject: grl vegan
Date: March 6, 2005 at 7:22 pm PST

Hi there, I am a 23 year old vegan-going on 7 years. I am currently a full time student and a
regular gym goer. I live in a region of the northeast that caters to a cosmopolitan palate, yet
there is a serious lack of fellow vegans around here. Its hard trying to explain and/or justify
my lifestyle choice when I am feeling like somewhat of an oddity. I am also a "late bloomer"
meaning that despite my age I am frequently perceived as a high school student, not to
mention that at school I am surrounded by 18 year olds- still lower div. I have travelled a bit,
spent some time abroad working in Costa Rica and also lived on the west coast in Ashland,
Oregon where my dietary and lifestyle habits were relatively normal. For the time being, I
need to remain where I am, any suggestions on how to live a vegan life among carnies w/o
feeling like a freak because I cant just grab a slice of pizza? Its reached a point where I am
actually embarassed to eat the foods that i enjoy around others. I have no desire to change
my ways but I am feeling somewhat disconnected from my peers. I do however enjoy
optimum health and can run for many miles, feel energized with less sleep, etc. I am also
doing well in school. I try to live by example and I know that I have leadership potential but
am unsure how to plug those qualities into my current situation in order to make this time of
my life a more positive experience. veganism is currently hindering my ability to confidently
and easily integrate myself into the community in which I must currently reside. I am coping
okay and I have emotional support but I would appreciate any thoughts from anyone else
who has experienced solo veganism in the land of meat noshers and milk swillers (whom I
seek to befriend lol)

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