Veganism can mean many different things to many different people; I think if anyone has paid attention to the endless debate over the Impossible Whopper then you know there are different factions of people that have very strong viewpoints on this subject. Believe me I have had enough conversations on various different social media platforms to dive into that discussion but what I want to touch on is Vegan as a diet vs. as a lifestyle and the evolution that I think happens when you make that first decision to go vegan. I will use myself as an example just because I think I have followed the path that most vegans do. I initially became a vegan for 2 reasons. First off my wife was vegan and she immediately started to see benefits across the board from physical to mental to personal. Secondly I always tried to stay active and in shape so I was intrigued by switching up my diet but mainly for a few months as a “test”. Well fast forward 18 months and I am still a Vegan and don’t plan on changing anytime soon. What I failed to initially realize though is that Veganism is not just a diet but a lifestyle. You don’t just eat vegan, you need to live vegan. From the start to the end of your day you are constantly thrown temptations and challenges that test your will power and your mental resolve. The peer pressure from others mount, the questions from the people you come in contact with grow, the products you used to love can no longer suffice and then you start to educate yourself on the tragedies and abuse to animals. Just like that, you are consumed and you want to fight for what is right and just while your body, mind, and health transform. This is when being a vegan becomes a lifestyle and not just a diet. There are always going to be doubters and haters and people that think it’s a trend but you are the person living that reality and you are proof of the positive impact being a vegan has in your life holistically so be proud of that and continue to live your life your way.
Please share your story or what Vegan means to you
One of the most popular catch phrases during the COVID-19 pandemic is “new normal”, but what exactly does that mean? I understand what it means for right now but what I am more curious about is what does that mean mid-long term? There are two sides to the fence when it comes to the working from home debate, those that love it and those that crave the social interaction that comes with going to work every day. A great way companies can adapt the “new normal” is to offer more flexibility and offer employees the choice of whether to continue working from home or going to the office while offering benefits for both. They can start that process right now to get ahead of it and then reassess what their physical vs. virtual footprint will be in order to scale down and cut costs wherever needed i.e. lease out office space or move entirely.
What scares me most however is the fact that while some companies may in fact move more virtually many others will realize that they can survive and even thrives with less staff and at a fraction of the offices they currently use. Does this mean they can move the majority of jobs offshore at a cheaper rate? Does this mean they can quickly develop technology that will replace many of the workers that are home during this crisis? The recession caused by this pandemic is only accelerating and while corporations can be nimble and adapt people many times cannot. My only hope is that people are not displaced or better yet can us this time to acquire more skills to make themselves more attractive if and when there job is not there for them when the time comes.