I have shared in my previous posts that I am a vegetarian but I was not one a few years ago. I was born in a non-vegetarian family and always thought it was cool to be eating all the 'cool' stuff.
When I first met my husband, I was a hard core meat-eater and he was pure vegetarian. This is a popular term used in India, though it simply refers to vegetarian. Unlike many other countries, vegetarian in India simply means someone who does not eat eggs, sea food and meat of any sort.
I mention this here because I know what it is to be with a vegetarian. You limit your food choices, restaurants you can go to etc. We could never share a dish between us because of our varied food choices. Was it frustrating? Not really. We accepted the diet preferences of each other and simply took the focus away from it.
I remember someone telling me that it is good for girls to remain vegetarian while it is fine for males to take it in moderation. I was a bit pissed off about this conclusion someone shared with me. I still wonder where that came from.
Based on this common belief, it always happened that when we ordered a vegetarian and a non-vegetarian dish while eating out, we were always served incorrectly. The vegetarian item was placed in front of me each and every time. We used to smile at it and we still do.
Thankfully, after many years of vegetarian company, I decided to go vegetarian. And my influencer was nowhere from my friend circle. Though I make them happy now joining their gang, I never bothered to understand vegetarianism from them.
Today, I define cool differently. Cool is what is light, healthy and free of anything else that is unnecessary for my system. This is a new way of living and it does keep me positive.
Today, I am glad for all my vegetarian friends. I am not suddenly lost and unaware of the vegetarian options. All my vegetarian friends motivate me just by being around me. Cheers to them!
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