I'm not long into a new vegan lifestyle, got everything covered with no problem ( food, clothing, cosmetics, charities, organizations etc. etc.) My only struggle is coping with the constant knowledge that at every second of every day there are animals suffering/dying at the hands of human beings.
I do all I can to help....signing petitions, starting social media groups to raise awareness, donating to as many charities that I can...etc. Nothing ever seems enough and although I drive myself mad constantly watching the disturbing images/stories and appeals that come up.....it's like I'm addicted..I can't not look and react as I feel that if I did, I would be turning my back on the suffering animals.
Also, since gaining all the knowledge on every aspect of animal welfare/farming/entertainment/testing etc. all the day to day things I used to take for granted are now highlighted. For instance, hearing someone in a supermarket trying to decide between skimmed or semi skimmed milk , people heading for McDonalds or KFC, trying on leather shoes, sampling make up,wearing Ugg Boots, walking past a butchers or fishmongers, drinking Coca Cola!!!!....it's all louder...all magnified...I have to brace myself before venturing out as I know the world around me is going to make me feel heartbroken,uncomfortable or angry at any given time!!
I know it's probably because it's all new to me and it's like I've been blind for many years and now I can see......in technicolor!!
I'm just finding I can't seem to enjoy the things I used to do....even a walk in the forest is painful as I see a deer or a hare and instantly see the horrific images of the same species that I may have seen. I am constantly crying...sometimes in between dealing with clients at work, I nip to the look to let it out then have to put on the brave, smiling face again....it's exhausting!
I'm noticing I'm getting less tolerant with people, even loved ones....I'm snappy and grumpy all the time and hardly sleep!
Boy what a mess why?
Sorry to rant, just wish I was better at coping and therefore more useful to the cause! Right now my world has been turned upside-down and I'm all over the place!
Has anyone gone through this? And has anyone come through it and found away of coping?
All comments and advice gratefully welcomed!!!