Captured by the passion of one man in his search to find his best self in the words of his book, I decided to try being vegan the day after Memorial Day. Honestly I didn’t even “try”… I basically did it cold turkey. Just. Like. That. I ate pretty good for the most part so it wasn’t that big of a change for me. I had made the decision (not really, I just love <LOVE> almond milk…) to cut out dairy from my diet earlier this year. That was one step. The rest of it happened between reading Rich Roll’s book “Finding Ultra” and my prior knowledge in biochemistry from taking classes like Lipids/Carbohydrates, Proteins, and molecular microbiology in college. I know what happens and I don’t want that for myself… That is understandable right? Is that not reason enough for someone like me?
Honestly I haven’t been the “perfect” vegan since then, but I don’t try to be. Although still better than the alternatives out there, I realize that sometimes I snack on vegan “junk food”. I’m ok with that though. What I’m probably most proud of is the fact that since then, I can count on one had only the meals I’ve had that involved non vegan food. Four. 4. Four…. Three of those came during Father’s Day weekend… One was at a graduation party catered by Rudy’s barbecue… I’m fine with that…
One thing to realize is that I’ve approached this not as a change in my diet, but a change in lifestyle. One of the main reasons I chose to embark on this journey is because I find that this is something that’s sustainable. Being sustainable means a lot to me nowadays… It seems to be hard to come by… Till next time…
I didn’t really care about country music much growing up. Being born and raised and having lived in Texas my whole life I was at the very least exposed to it early and often. I never really have it a thorough chance until my last semester of college. I wanted to listen to music that wouldn’t get me too excited for my graduation trip to Hawaii because I still needed to graduate! I never really appreciated music in the first place till I started college and bought my first electric guitar with my own money. I started with what was “in” at the time and learned what kind of music truly spoke to my soul and I both rhythmically and lyrically. One of the genres I really came to appreciate was the blues. It’s very hard for me put into words feelings I’ve never felt that were evoked by music filled with emotion. There truly is “something” there, organic within the music, that one can only put in on their own by bending up a half note on a guitar string in the middle of a phrase that can not be synthesized by any man through any machine and software combined. Country music itself is a cousin of the blues and one could even say it grew from it or out of it. The more I am exposed to and listen to country music the more I am able to appreciate it and music in general.
I’ve been meaning to actually write a meaningful blog post for a couple weeks now. Despite having tumblr on my iPhone for those moments when my mind thinks more critically, I have yet to post one. So much has been going on in my life lately and at times its almost hard to keep up with it all. I hope I can find more of these lost thoughts soon.
"If you want to live your life in a creative way you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away. The more the outside world tries to reinforce and image of you, the harder it is to continue, which is why a lot of times you have to say, "Bye, I have to go. I’m going crazy and I’m getting out of here." And then go hibernate somewhere. Maybe later they re-emerge a little differently." - Steve Jobs