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Radical statements and beliefs. No! Why not?

Simply because since I remember myself, I always have thought that everyone should have the freedom for their own opinions and beliefs and their way of life till it’s not acting out and destroying other living being lives in a malicious way. You’d call me a freedom fighter? Be it so, if you wish. I just have my own beliefs and values for life. We all are unique with some similarities, the point in this uniqueness is that we are different and because of that I am not seeking for agreement or acceptance from all sides, actually for me it is fun and pleasurable to see all the people’s different faces. This is what makes this world so unrepeatable.

I don’t fight for a perfect world to live in, equal rights, no injustice, and paradise on the Earth. I am not preaching for rebellious acts, bohemian lifestyle and veganizing the world. Yes, I may mention this, it may appear in some of my acts in a daily basis, some sentences in this blog and some conversations along the way but it is not preaching, I have never forced my thoughts, beliefs, and values upon someone else’s. During my lifespan I have changed some, I have found and accepted more compatible approach for my own self, it’s not carved in stone, some may change, some will develop in time, some can be added but this one, which I mentioned earlier, never leaves me – everyone should have the freedom for their own opinions and beliefs and their way of life till it’s not acting out and destroying other living being’s lives in a malicious way. And this is the reason why I am not a preacher. Even with this one, I just tend to “walk away” if I see the one-way road from the other side. Because I don’t spend my precious time for meaningless, nowhere leading and endless argues. My mission is to interduce you with some ways of life, to lead you to your own path of deeper awareness and most importantly, to lead you to think.

Thinking is the key. When we stop following the crowd, blindfolding our true selves, we start to question, to analyze, to think, magnificent changes and miracles start to happen and that’s the path to our happier lives.

So If I truly believe that everyone should be free to have their values, beliefs, opinions, and way of life, why am I telling about mine or paying more attention to some more than others? Simply because I am telling you this to complete my mission – to lead you to awareness, thinking and understanding, afterward you have your own choice, then it is up to you which way you go.

I’m telling about things which have meaning for me, I am passionate about and I know something about them, in this way it is easier to interduce you with the process of thinking.

Why is it important? Well, I was in the same place. I followed the brainwashed crowd full of society dogma’s and wondered why am I unhappy till the moment I “woke up” and decided to put a stop to this ignorance and found my own “voice”. There is nothing wrong with any way of living, if it doesn’t do harm to others and if it’s something you really like and enjoy. If I’m telling that it is important that everyone can have their own way why am I excluding harming others and being cruel to them? First of all, some borderlines always should be, second of which, it lays in the same box if you lead your life in a way that does harm to others without their approval, your forcing your sh*t on others. Speaking about myself, of course, there are some ways with which I don’t and won’t agree, but it doesn’t give me the rights to blame and force my own beliefs upon someone. It is normal, we can’t all be the same and have the same viewpoint and beliefs if I won’t agree, I simply “walk away” and put my attention to things I and like-minded people care about. Problems arise when people think that there is only one right way – their way and they try to prove it in all possible ways that it is the only right one and are forcing it upon others no matter what.

In the end, I wish well to our planet, people and all living beings. Enough of ignorance.

May seem that this blog post is about me and my viewpoint, it is and it’s not. It’s about creating a splash of curiosity and awareness for you, that you can take at least 5 minutes and think about your beliefs and way of life that is important for you.

What are your main life guidelines?

 

 

Why Vegan: Ethical aspect

People tend to go vegan for different reasons – health, environmental and ethical. Some have a balance between all three of them, some have, more likely, just for one or maybe two. Those who tend to care more about their health are more categorized into eating a whole food, plant-based diet and in some cases, they haven’t put their thoughts too much into what’s really happening “behind the scenes” in meat, dairy and egg industries. Some ethical vegans don’t care too much what they put into their belly as long as they know that they don’t do any harm to non-human animals as much as it is possible (hopefully also humankind haha). Those who care about our planet, know that veganism is the best way to don’t do as much damage and they tend to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle that includes different choices – eating a vegan diet, ethical clothing, local shopping, less plastic consumption, minimalist lifestyle etc.        

This blog post is not about putting one reason and way of living higher than others. I believe that all of them are important in all their forms. As it is for me, I try to balance them all with a little pinch of a bigger drive toward ethical veganism, but it doesn’t mean that I’m being skeptical or judgmental if others do differently. A person has a choice and if some reason gives more drive than another, then, heck, just go for it, if it still does less harm, I’m OK with that! 

If you’re not vegan but at least you have a bit of spark of curiosity, you can check out my post – introduction (Go Vegan?). You can apply also to 10-week email series, from “Vegan outreach” that can make the transformation a bit easier.

In this post, I will write more about ethical veganism, but later on, there will be more posts that include also other reasons. I will try not to sound too harsh because on a daily basis I am quite OK, with a positive attitude, I try to show an example. I’m not for judgmental and disheartening attitude and “brainwashing”. But there are some moments when I’m flared up if it comes to beliefs, animal rights, and activism. OK, let’s get into it!

As the definition of veganism tells us, it’s about doing less harm – reduction of exploitation, and cruelty to animals as much as possible.

“Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”

Even though I found out about veganism because I was diving deeper into a healthy lifestyle and my food choices, when I watched documentaries and read articles and some research papers, I couldn’t bear anymore the fact what’s happening to animals in the livestock industry. I always felt love and compassion toward animals, I just didn’t acknowledge that there is no difference between that cute kitten on the street, neighbors dog, my own cats and the chicken on my plate or pork chops on my friend’s. They all feel pain and they all can suffer. More about that you can read here. And, oh please, don’t go with that lame line “But what about plants? Don’t they have feelings too?”, instead, read some information and you’ll figure out that plants don’t have a nervous system, animals do. Even if some recent studies suggest that the life of plants is more complex, still we clearly can see (and it’s proven) that animals show their pleasure or pain. And even if that’s not enough, you should know that by eating animal products, you consume more plants than if you eat them directly. Generally speaking on a vegan diet you consume less and do less harm. Before I didn’t make the connection. And mostly, in the beginning, it’s for all of us – other we don’t see it or we simply refuse to see it. It is because we don’t know a different way, we have been raised up like that due to norms of society and all the stereotypes and because of this, a lot of people don’t even take it under consideration to doubt it, to do research, to see and try. But it shouldn’t be this way. We’re not living in the undeveloped world anymore, we can choose and we should. There have been already enough research to prove that humans can live healthy without consuming animal products. Then we are left with ethics. Why? Why should we put animals through suffering and kill them if it’s unnecessary for our survival and well being? To please our taste buds or entertain ourselves? Where are the morals? Why should we take advantage of them just because they may not be as intelligent, they’re a bit weaker and they can’t speak up for themselves? So what. Especially because of this we should know better and make sure that they are OK. It is in our hands – the lives of animals, our planet, and our health. Ethical veganism is reasonable, cruelty and suffering free choices about food, clothing, shoes, cleaning products, cosmetics, entertainment, etc. 

Why should we look into our ethics? We are naturally born compassionate toward all living beings, and I mean all, also animals. When we’re little, from all our heart we want to do good to animals and we show our love to them and we don’t see the difference between a dog and a cow. We weren’t speciests when we were born, it comes with time and dogmas of society.  All animals should have their rights as humans do. It doesn’t matter that they can’t speak up for themselves that doesn’t mean that we can use and abuse them. Here comes animal activism – a movement that speaks up for animals and their rights. Thanks to all of those who are into animal activism! Also thanks to those who are looking into it. It comes with knowledge and will.

Of course, it is not possible to have a perfect world and don’t do any harm to any live being but there is no perfection! Veganism is in favor of inflicting the slightest possible harm.

Here you can find more detailed information about ethics.

It is up to us how we choose to see the world. Let’s be and do better. Be kind towards yourself and other living beings. 

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25 life lessons in 25 years

Couple days ago I had my 26th birthday. One step closer to 30, I have dual feelings about this. One part is quite scared of getting older (Quite common fear. No one wants to get older, that means closer to the end of this life. Mainly, all fears, in the end, lead to one – fear of death, but this can be another subject and I am not going into it at the moment), but the other part has this indescribable feeling that the best moments are just ahead. All thought, I have to mention that I look forward to my future, but I am not “living in it”, I try to live my life like it goes. At this moment, because it is really the only time we have. We can be joyful and happy if we have a sensation of consciousness for the present moment.

So here I am my new age, I welcome you with an open mind, arms and heart.

In the list below you can see some of the things I have learned. I have stories and experiences behind all of them and I could continue this list for a while, but let’s stick to 25 for now. Maybe you will find associations with yourself and your life path or you may find something useful even without your own experience. If you wish, in the comment section, you can share your life lessons, would be interesting and useful to hear from you, dear reader.

So, here are my 26 life lessons:

  • Health is the most precious “thing” you can have. Without that, nothing else really matters.
  • Be yourself. It is your life and you live by your rules. Don’t let anyone or anything to take over. Some may like you, some won’t, but in the end…you are the one who tells your own story, others can choose to listen or to skip it. You should be happy and proud, so write and tell the best damn story you can imagine!
  • Life really is too short to try to please everyone. Just be you, do what you love with your best intention. The right people will come along the way and will accept and like you as you are.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others. But if you want to do that, compare to yourself. You are the only person you should compete with.
  • Don’t be too self-critical and perfectionist, in this way your mind-blowing ideas will go down the toilet even before they will have the opportunity to get out your head and rise. Have an idea, go for it, work for it, afterward you can let your criticism and perfectionism to take over a bit and smooth out unevenness.
  • Listen to constructive criticism. Listen. Analyse. Learn from it. Do better.
  • Your family are the closest people you will ever have, don’t let some small issues get in the way and destroy those close ties. Spend some quality time with your parents, you are not the only one who is getting older.
  • Your childhood friends, after you all have “grown up”, won’t have as much time as before. New duties, responsibilities and generally speaking – life. But even if you’ll meet quite rare, if it’s from the heart, you all will manage to maintain that wonderful friendship. Just need to put a bit of effort from both sides, same as in a romantic relationship.
  • Spend your time with people with whom you have useful, interesting, positive and fun times. People that help your own growth (consciously and unconsciously).
  • When you meet people, be more interested in who they are, not what they have or what they do. Pay attention not only to what they are saying but as well how they are telling their stories, sometimes it may say more about them than their words. (body language, etc.)
  • You shouldn’t feel guilty if someone loves you but you don’t feel the same. You can give earned respect, kindness, affection…but you can’t require your heart to love someone and you shouldn’t even try. It knows better.
  • Don’t sign anything if you haven’t read it properly. Twice. Always get your duplicate.
  • Don’t buy things at unknown, “fishy” online shops. Possibilities are – it’s a fraud.
  • Save some money. Life is unpredictable, there can come times when you will need some extra money, so it’s always good if you have your savings and no need to borrow or stress yourself till bones to figure out how to get it.
  • Learn from your mistakes. First time – can happen, we are human beings, errors happen. The second time, well, you should take it into consideration that you’re doing something in the way that’s not suitable for the thing you’re trying to do. Third time – defenatly, seems like you won’t go far doing that same sh*t all over again. Try out a different way. Now!
  • Don’t “play with fire” unless you know that you will manage to deal and live with “burned parts” if something goes wrong.
  • Nothing comes for free, everything has a price in one way or another. You have the choice and the challenge to figure out what are you willing to pay.
  • Don’t fu*k up your mind and body with million diets and unreasonable fasting. It is not worth it. But if you do it – do it wisely and healthy. Make it as your lifestyle choice, not a short-term campaign.
  • Learn to love yourself even more. Take care of your body, mind, and soul. No one else will do that for you. You will need all three to live thriving and fulfilling life.
  • Do what you like and love. That will give you the power to keep on going even in though and rough times.
  • Traveling on your own and living abroad is one of the best ways how to step out of your comfort zone, get to know different cultures, people, learn some useful lifehacks and new things, expand your horizons, it leads to self-growth, etc.
  • More useful, pleasurable and meaningful are the amazing moments you have throughout the years and the people you spent that time with, not the things you own or crave for.
  • Listen more to your intuition and inner self. It knows better.
  • Stay positive and kind. At least most of the time. There can’t be too much positivity and kindness because there is already enough of negativity, cruelty, sadness, and anger.
  • You have the choice and power. This is your life. Live the best of it by being the best of you. But keep as well in mind that there is something higher, we can’t control our lives to a 100%, so at moments, let it be, accept it, be spontaneous, go with the flow. Enjoy! The worst and the best – it’s all life.
  • And just one more, because I’m already with one foot into 26. Spend your time wisely. Learn new things. Read books. Do regular physical activities. Go to courses, classes. Study. Have your hobbies. Take long walks in nature. Watch interesting and instructive movies. Listen to great podcasts. Learn how to play a musical instrument. Learn languages. So on and on. Sometimes it is OK to watch a dumb comedy, get drunk with friends (right place, right time) or lay in bed, watching TV or listening to music and doing nothing all day long, just don’t make these things as your daily (weekend) routine. You’ll thank yourself later.

What are your life lessons?

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Traveling as a vacation vs. traveling as lifestyle

There is a slight difference between these two. Vacation is a good getaway when you had just a bit too much, you want to take some time off, go somewhere, lay down under a palm tree and take a nice sip of your favorite tropical cocktail. Or if you are bit more adventures, you want to get some adrenaline pumping up your veins and you go hiking up on mountains, snowboarding, skiing, cliff diving, diving etc.

It’s great, you feel energized again, more motivated to go back where you came from and do your things with new vigor. Oh, I like to do this myself, every now and then, however, I prefer that traveling is more of a lifestyle, it doesn’t mean necessarily that I will travel every week or month to a different country.

I would describe it more as a certain mindset, where you can’t stay still in one place, you have cravings for unknown, adventures, new sights, new cultures, experiences, self-growth, to see and to get to know as much as you can, interact with others, listen curiously with open mind and share your story and vision of life.

A good way how to get to this state of mind is to travel to several places, but in order to experience above mentioned, it is necessary to stay at one place for a longer period of time. After a while, the whole wide world seems like home to you no matter where you are and go.

Traveling is about putting yourself in the shoes of locals. Eat their food, go to places where locals live not only top touristic spots, get to know their traditions. It’s uncertain, goes with the flow. Definitely, there will be also rocky roads along the way. It’s not like on a vacation, where you can stop your thunderous mind, relax and chill.

You end up to challenge your own self. You get out of your comfort zone more often, you push yourself harder, you experience a lot more and your vision expands. You learn to deal with complications and rise the ability to get out from suspicious, messy situations and see the good side in each one of them.

When you go back to your home country, other for short time or you settle down, these life skills will be useful on a daily basis.

Some useful websites and apps for travelers

Apps:

TripAdvisor

HappyCow

Waze

Google translate

Duolingo

Websites:

www.workaway.info

www.couchsurfing.com

www.airbnb.com

www.greentraveller.co.uk

www.lonelyplanet.com

www.thelocal.com

www.travellerspoint.com

www.meetup.com

 

Do you prefer traveling as a vacation or a lifestyle?

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