Labels are a necessity of life. How would we know what people to like, who to follow and what trends to watch?
I’m over them.
Let me explain.
I have labelled myself a lot in the past. Vegan. Runner. Bookworm. Bagel sandwich artist. Those are my current ones. In the past I was the sports girl, the goody-two-shoes, the smart one, the loud one, the cow (yes, that was my childhood bully favorite).
All these labels, some good, some bad, made me feel like I was a part of something. Sports were my thing. School was my thing. I could eat a hell of a lot. Even though I hated the “cow” nickname, it was something that I characterized myself as. These things gave me a sense of comfort. A normalcy that I dealt with because is was familiar. I could compare it to going to your parent’s house, even if you hate it, because your bed is there and that is something you like.
Recently, I went overboard with one specific label: vegan.
First I went vegetarian, then vegan and then raw till 4. Now, I am feeling a bit…burned out? My job has been busy lately. I have had a load of car problems. I just started a new job where the learning curve is steep. I am trying to coordinate Ragnar plans with work and then with going to DC the weekend after. I have been doing a lot. In addition to that, I feel as though I am not committed to vegan activism as I once did.
I felt really bad about this. I do think what is happening to some animals is awful. I recognize the impacts of the environment that the overconsumption with animal products can have. I also understand that obsessing about this has not been good for me lately.
So, I’m over it. I do not have as much passion for activism as I did. That’s ok. I’m human.
One label I never want to lose is Christian. I am a child of God. I have let that lag for the past year as I discovered new things. I don’t want this to happen again. I think you can be both a Christian and a vegan, but right now I need to focus on my spiritual growth more than my veganism. I believe God is calling me back toward Him in this way.
So what does this mean for me? Quite honestly, I’m not sure. I’m done with any label outside of Christian. I am recommitting myself to becoming more like Christ daily. I am going to stop worrying about vegan things as much. I will still never eat meat. If I don’t know the ingredients in something and I want to eat it, I will. I am done letting veganism become an idol.
That is my rant for now. One label is all I can handle for now.
What is your label?