I don't know why, but this feels like I'm coming out all over again. I can feel the fear of people's reactions to me after I make the announcement. I can see in my mind's eye the strange looks that people will give me. I can hear the questions, the accusations, the debates, and the arguments. And for once, I really don't care. Goal #1 for 2008: Become a vegetarian.
I know the first question is probably going to be, "Why vegetarian?" I wish I had a better answer than, "Because I know that it's right for me at this point in my journey." I've read tons of articles from online sources and magazines, including some pretty activist stuff from PETA, and even with all of their reasons and explanations it just doesn't totally explain why I need to take this path. Heck, I
don't even know why I'm following this route, except for the fact that this is the direction I feel I should head.
I've been preparing for this moment for a number of months now. I didn't fully dive into the whole vegetarian thing right of the bat. It all started as I finished my fourth semi-annual seven-day juice fast. I began adding more vegetables to my diet and less meat.
I will say that I have been getting the greatest kick out of being in the kitchen and cooking. There were a number of nights that all I did was make two, three, or four different vegetarian dishes. Somewhere along the way, I got more and more comfortable with vegetables and started eating less and less meat.
My planning and preparation continued through the holidays. For Christmas I asked for two highly recommended vegetarian cookbooks (Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison
and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman
) and a new food processor ('cause the other one was dying a slow death).
When I told my family that I was planning on going vegetarian, it was exactly like when I came out to them. No. Actually it was worse. Mainly it was my younger brother who had the problem. I don't think he's cool with it yet and that's okay.
Now I know people will say, "But I saw you eat meat at the New Year's Eve party. In fact, you were the person who brought the kick-ass crab bisque!" Yes, yes indeed, that was me. I didn't eat much meat, but I did have some. Then came the stroke of midnight and my new journey began.
And there you have it. One of my goals for the new year. Now to work on my next goal: go to bed earlier.
See ya later.