Our lives are full of different journeys that teach us different things. Some journeys are geographical trips to different places and some are personal journeys that take place inside of us. However no matter what kind of journey you are taking just the word journey implies that the emphasis is on the path that you take and not the destination. In our fast paced world we put too much emphasis in the destination and find little value in the journey, what I’m learning is that the real value is in the journey and that sometimes there is no destination because you find peace in the journey.
In the past year and a half I have been on the most significant journey of self discovery that I have experienced in my short 26 years on this earth, It has even surpassed puberty and when my mother finally let me start shaving my legs at 14 years old. I can honestly say that I am not the same person I was when beginning this journey, and a year from now I suspect I may be someone new again.
A year and a half ago I decided to go vegetarian, it started off as more of a challenge than anything else, I had no political or moral cause, I was just trying to see what I was capable of. I, like many Americans, and just humans for that matter, was willfully ignorant to the ways of the corporate food industry and blindly, and happily, consumed the poison they fed me. I subscribed to the idea that what we ate didn’t matter, it was what we did. I followed the “calories in, calories out” mantra they shouted at the hilltops to keep us blaming ourselves for the sad state our our health in America instead of the miseducation provided to us by our food and health industries.
About 6 months into this journey I started to become aware of the moral and environment ramifications of our factory farming industry, I learned that everything we’re told about health and fitness is largely and lie designed to keep us consuming. The food industry, or “big food” as I fondly refer to them, is out for profit, that’s it, nothing else. I learned to question everything, even my own government because they know, legislation has been introduced to better regulate the food industry and inform the American public about what we are really consuming, but big food uses their money and resources to buy politicians so we never hear the truth about our food.
I was never one to be overly critical of the government, I think more because in the back of my mind I was afraid of what I would find, but I told myself it was because I trusted my government, what other choice did I have. eventually all this questioning of special interest groups like those in the food industry, and they’re effect on governmental practices scared the shit out of me. I started to wonder if there were other questionable practices and decision making in our government, and world that I should be worried about, and big surprise… there is, what a curve ball.
That’s what this blog is, one girl’s journey towards awareness of self, the environment, and the world. I do not pretend to have all the answers, no one does, but I think the only way for things to change is for people to start asking the uncomfortable questions that challenge the status quo and really make people think, and that is something I can do. We are living in tough times where our world and our humanity are slipping through our fingers and our hands are too numb to notice… something has to change!!!
“Free your soul… free your mind… free yourself…”