Step 8: Find Your Tribe
You don’t have to go vegan on your own. It’s crucial when you make a big life change 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 walk homeless 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 make new friends 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.