And now I’m one of those vegans who sometimes eats burgers.
Even I’m discriminating against me.
Or I would be, rather, if I were glued to labels.
I’ve sort of always been a walking contradiction: a tomboy who loves to wear a dress for a good occasion, an athlete and an artist, not religious but very spiritual, not political but largely opinionated; I’m even ambidextrous: I’m right handed but do most things left.
For as long as I can remember, I never liked to be defined, boxed, stationary, permanent anything. To me love is love regardless, I just had less patience for boys. In my last switch to veganism, there weren’t any vows. I took no oath; it just felt right for me then.
And now, with the availability of better quality meat and the reduction in grains in my diet, a burger every once in a while (especially after 13.1 miles of running and two beers) feels right for me now.
I gave a quick shoutout to the bison beforehand, the Circle of Life song played in my head. He was honored alright.
I think flexibility is important with everything in life. New conditions are constantly being thrown into the mix testing our boundaries. When we are unwilling to change, when clearly the pros outweigh the cons, we are likely being stubborn. Ego just loves a platform, a larger sense of identity, and often times that’s exactly what our fixed beliefs provide.
I’m not saying, go eat a burger, if that’s not your thing. Or do anything drastic, for that matter. The pros outweighing the cons piece is the kicker. Or the evidence outweighing the existing thought patterns. It is when we feel stuck because we are trying to adhere to old claims that I’m hoping will be challenged.
Believe me, my family has been telling me to eat a burger for years, but I am a little fearful what my yoga class might think. And yet, I make decisions that feel right for me in the moment even if that means getting shit on the opposite end. It’s good practice to get shit anyway. It’s easy to be zen without opposition, right?
I leave you with this: What crusty archaic beliefs or thought patterns can be challenged in your life? Anything showing solid evidence that the times they are a changing? Where could you be less rigid?
Loosen up, will ya?