When I wrote about my experiences with PETA for their activist spotlight piece, I said the following:
With veganism, I found that I could be deeply passionate about something and instill that passion in other people. Veganism, while profoundly important, was also the catalyst to simply be an activist: to stand up for something, to not be afraid of looking weird or different while holding a sign or (in the case of PETA) laying half-naked in 28-degree weather in front of a meat-packing plant to protest the slaughterhouse and factory-farming industries. When I made the realization that it was actually quite easy to abstain from eating animals, I felt it a necessity to fight for that cause. Going vegan was one of the most important decisions I’ve ever made in my life.
Life is about passion. That could probably be the sum total of what I have, what I want, and what I seek: because with passion you find the drive, the motivation, and the will to seek, fight, and simply exist. While I love showing people that it’s easy to eat plants, and watch them get excited about it, it’s almost the same to see them get excited about anything. If we have a life of love, a life of living for something, the rest is easy. It’s with that idea that I present the first choice that came to mind for the blog’s theme song, Hatebreed’s “Live For This.” The chorus: if you don’t live for something you’ll die for nothing is absolutely, 100% true. What are you living for? Is it worth it? Are you passionate about anything? Get stoked, and get active.
See the lyrics for Live For This right here. This post is part of a series for the month of April, entitled Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge (HAWMC). While I haven’t gotten to them every day, I’m doing my best! Read more about HAWMC at WEGO Health Blog.