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Ainsley9876
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I find this so odd. The other day I had a lunch with about 40 of my coworkers. And this woman strarted commenting on my dietery choices. She told be how I will not be able to function today if I don't have the pig pattie and why on earth I am not having any animal product in my meal. I told her I was vegan and she became angry. Almost furious. Why? Why would you be furious about something like that? Why does it offend you? Why does it feel like a personal attack for her? And then all of my collegues started commenting, brainwashing me, laughing at me for being stupid. That veganism is propaganda. I was there...alone...being laughed at and seeing a lot of angry faces. Jesus, is that even possible that people are like this?? Then people started the same old stories of how we are carnivores, that I will become iron defficient or will have lack of protein...
At the same time one of my colleges eats only potatoes or pasta with some kind of meat. No fruits or veggies whatsoever. He has dark circles under his eyes, never has energy..and nobody bats an eye!! He is one of the people asking me about my energy levels in a mocking way.
They ask me if I am sorry for the animals, I say of course, they laugh at me and tell me that they are made to be eaten, that it is supposed to be like this. A pregnant woman angrily tells me to stop this nonsense and to start eat like a normal person. How on earth am I supposed to fight off 40 people!!!?
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I'm so sorry you went through this! Frankly if I were in your shoes I'd probably just find a new workplace with nicer colleagues. But if you want/have to stay - veganism was not why they put you down and laughed at you. They put you down and laughed at you because they are small, insecure, inadequate people who needed someone to target to futilely try and build themselves up. They said a hell of a lot more about themselves than about you.
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This is awful, I'm really sorry you had to listen to all of that ): I know its hard but maybe the best way to get them to stop is to 'kill them with kindness'! If you show them that it doesn't get to you and that you're happy and fulfilled whilst being vegan, maybe they'll realise how daft they sound and leave you alone or maybe even change their ways. I hope they finally understand it's none of their business and stop giving you hassle soon. ): xx
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