This post originally appeared in 2007. It was the second post on this blog. In honor of It’s Easy Being Vegan’s five year anniversary, I am rerunning it. I still believe that finding your tribe is one of the most important steps a new vegan should take to be successful with the transition.
You don’t have to go vegan on your own. It’s crucial
important when you go vegan to surround yourself with like-minded people. If you are friends with a few vegans, it will make your transition easier. If you don’t know any vegans, then get active and meet some. You will appreciate having their support.
You can volunteer at your local shelter animal shelter. It’s a great way to meet other animal lovers. You are bound to run across a few people who have made the connection between food and animals, but don’t be surprised by how many meat-eaters love to care for homeless cats and dogs either.
Better yet, join a local animal rights group that takes more than companion animals into consideration. There are many groups all over the country. If there isn’t one in your area, start one.
For the social butterflies, check out meetup.com to see if there is a vegan meetup near you. The group in Chicago meets once a month at a veg-friendly restaurant to enjoy a tasty vegan meal. You will meet some new folks while trying some new restaurants. Again, if there isn’t one in your area, start one.
Many people go vegan for their health or for the environment, giving you another avenue for meeting new friends. It doesn’t matter why you went vegan, it just matters that you find your tribe. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people will make all the difference.