Veganism is not a limitation

“Veganism is not a limitation in any way;
it’s an expansion of your love,
your commitment to nonviolence,
and your belief in justice for all.”

– Gary L Francione


Colleen’s animal prayer

“My hope is that we can navigate through this world with the grace and integrity of those who need our protection. May we have the sense of humor and liveliness of the goats; may we have the maternal instincts and protective nature of the hens and the sassiness of the roosters. May we have the gentleness and strength of the cattle, and the wisdom, humility, and serenity of the donkeys. May we appreciate the need for community as do the sheep and choose our companions as carefully as do the rabbits. May we have the faithfulness and commitment to family of the geese, the adaptability and affability of the ducks. May we have the intelligence, loyalty, and affection of the pigs and the inquisitiveness, sensitivity, and playfulness of the turkeys.

My hope is that we learn from the animals what we need to become better people.”

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Why I don’t own a touch-screen phone and a bunch of trendy clothes

I have an old phone with no cool apps, a lousy camera and no touch-screen. I barely never buy new clothes – except when it comes to underwear – almost everything I own in that department is second-hand. I recently sold my car and I’m not planning to buy a new one even though it takes a while to get to work without one. I don’t have an Ipad, a new laptop and a house full of nice furniture. And I don’t care.

It’s not that I could not afford a new phone, some new clothes and a car. I work full-time, so money is not the problem. Actually, there is no problem. I just don’t want those things. I don’t believe they will make me happy. I actually believe they kind of make us more depressed, because we buy and buy and buy and think it will make our lives better but after a while were back where we started, only with less money in our bank account.

Lately I’ve become more and more interested in living more “simple”. I’m thinking to sell off quite a lot of my stuff, things that are mostly just lying around without me really knowing why I have them. I’m also planning to work less in the future, to have more time to spend on things I love, like writing and volunteer jobs in different organizations and on my own. It’s just been about half a year since I finished my full-time studies and went out into working life, but somehow I already feel like it’s not my thing. I don’t want to spend my life working most of the time, leaving very little time and energy to other things that I find important. I don’t mind earning less if it means I have more time to do things I love.

The world just seems to be spinning faster and faster all the time. You should be done with your studies faster so that you can get out into working life, you should work hard to move up on the career ladder so that you can earn more money and buy more nice things, you should see and do as many things as you can as soon as you can. Does it really make anyone happy? I think we all would benefit from slowing down a little, stop focusing on performing, not asking so much from ourselves and each other all the time. Instead we could start living more, enjoying more, loving more.