So being vegan, home educating 4 children and working from home, I am fully aware that I am not what society calls normal.
However I test anyone to pick me out in a crowd. I also defy what ‘normal’ people see as ‘normal’ by dressing in a very average way. I shop in the average mundane shops. No exciting patchwork jumpers or pixie hoods and DM boots which those ‘normal’ people like to assume a vegan and home educator dress.
I like branded trainers, wear make up and go to the gym. All the traits of a young woman growing up in the 21st century. Except I make sure everything I wear and use is not tested on animals.
Do i fit in any stereotypical category?
Not really. I pride myself on being different. Not the same. I dress how i want to dress, I eat what I want to eat and I parent how I want to parent.
My friends are such a wide variety of mums who home educate and don’t home educate, are vegan and not vegan. Who work and don’t work (Although parenting in itself is work so of course they all work)
Who dress in what society call normal and who dress in what society like to call alternative. Some of my friends pride them selves in dressing like they are going to a festival every day. (Their own words)
And I love that! I love that we can all be so different but all get along just the same.
I have no room for judgment in my life. Be who you want to be. I am not religious but have my own beliefs….main one being “be kind to all beings no matter how small.”
When my children scream and shout and whale about over a spider I roll my eyes, stay calm and save the poor little thing from their radical reaction. Where do they get it from?!!!
So I am told on a daily basis by friends and family that I am NOT normal. Sometimes by those who also pride themselves on NOT being normal, and sometimes by people who I can tell are trying to be slightly judgmental. But I always pride myself on taking it as a compliment either way.
After all, why would I want to be a sheep when I can be a Unicorn?!
Since going vegan I have found I’m constantly under judgment from others who don’t understand. Their main point being…”But we’ve done it for thousands of years” and “most of the population do it so…”
My reply is always the same…”So why follow when you can choose for yourself? You know in your heart what is right so why be a sheep when you can be a unicorn?”
My grandparents and even my parents generation (not all of course) genuinely believe the change from eating meat to vegan will never happen so why bother trying. I like to call these people the generation of the sheep. (Which is ironic given that the majority were brought up eating them) They were brought up in a world where everyone was conditioned to doing the same thing. Factory work and going to school to be alike each other.
Our generation and my children’s generation I believe are the generation of the Unicorn! We believe in change, we can home educate and see the light for other species not just our own. We have freedom to think and speak out for what we beleive. Thanks to social media we can make change happen faster too.
But what I really can’t wait for is the generation of the Rainbow!
Our rainbow babies yet to come. My grandchildren and great grandchildren who can be brought up in a world of kindness where meat on their plates is no longer the norm. Just like smoking in restaurants is not the norm for our children yet was very much the norm in our own childhoods.
I may be living a dream, but then I’m not ‘normal’. I’m a Unicorn! A mythical creature who stands for magic and hope and dreams coming true.
So ill take not being normal over normal any day!