When I was younger, I acted as though I didn’t really care about anything- just my own happiness. I was also very critical of others, and even myself. But as a result of this rather toxic behavior, I eventually headed in the opposite direction. I gained a much deeper understanding of myself and of the world around me. Today, I prefer to live intentionally, without my actions contradicting my beliefs. But getting to where I am now has by no means been a linear journey. I can simplify and reduce my life to something that is easy to consume, but the truth is every day of my life has been different. There are always things to learn, feelings to feel, places to go, and people to meet.
I’m now staring at my first official website. It is not a Tumblr, or a school project (anymore), and it is no longer a WordPress domain where I will hoard partial content to never be published. What it is in fact, is a space where I will remain informative, honest and therefore vulnerable so as to truly reach as many individuals as I can. I am here, by myself, but I am not alone as I start my movement that I have named Eating to End Climate Change. While it is just a baby now, a tiny piece of data, it of course is much greater than that. Eating to End Climate Change is a solution-based social change initiative. Because of the confidence and clarity I have knowing this movement will be of such success, I am both thoroughly committed and thrilled to be embarking on this yellow brick road.
I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
― Henry David Thoreau,
This is one of my favorite quotes, and until now it has never been more fitting. I have reached a level of such darling assurance in that I am doing the right thing, that this is all I wish I could ever spend my time doing. While Eating to End Climate Change is a part of my everyday, this project is quite large. I will have my Instagram account at my disposal- @eatingtoendclimatechange, and in this way I will continue to have an impact even on the go.
I have never felt such a feeling where everything actually feels right. This feeling comes in sweet, very tiny bursts, but even as they pass it is all I need to keep on. I feel so grateful, while also somewhat removed in awe by how serious this endeavor is to both me and to the greater good. I am proud to move forward helping others incorporate revolution into their everyday diet as well.
Eating to End Climate Change has made it’s home in my life since the day I first wrote it out in words. And there will be no escaping the cause for quite some time, and that commitment is enchanting, fulfilling, and daunting all at once. There is so much to say of this unending project that I have no place to elaborate further on its nature in this very post, but rather in many others.
In honor of something I care so deeply for, CHEERS to Meetless Mondaiyas, Vegan Taco Tuesdays, and all that Jazz.
Here’s to the future!