Wednesday, January 22 2013

 

Well, for me love is all about passion, whether it’s for a thing or an ideal or a person, which I guess is what people probably go to more than anything else. I think that the easiest way to explain it for myself is connecting it with veganism.

Before I became vegan I was a little lost, trying to figure out who I was and what was important to me. Once I became vegan, I became passionate about other living things and my own body… really taking care of myself. I fell in love with the idea of self betterment and also being a better person in general. I had a passion that opened up the doors for a lot of other things and my personal relationships changed along the way.

“Having a dog sparked everything back up and set me into a place where I was ready to find love again with another person.”

I became an open person and I was able to be open up to love in my personal life more than I could beforehand. I was probably a less honest person before I found veganism and finding that honesty helped me to express myself a lot better and through the podcasts that I host, one of which is about veganism, it’s given me more opportunities to be open with people and talk more about my life and not be afraid of what people are thinking.

Love is just so hard to precisely define. For me it’s all about passion and compassion and just trying to be a better person. Through the experiences of becoming more open and honest it’s helped in my personal life and finding love on a personal level. When you’re more open and honest it’s easier for people to accept you for who you are and to not feel like you’re guarding yourself or protecting yourself.  Protecting yourself from things that you’re afraid are going to get in the way of happiness and also blocking off the passion for things.

It kind of circles around back to that part of your life where you can’t be completely happy in love with another person until you’ve found love in all the other parts of your world and love yourself. Circling it back around to veganism, I didn’t love myself until I was able to open myself up. I found that the more I love myself, the more I can end my day completely satisfied.

Since I was a kid, maybe my early teens, or late pre-teens, I was really into music and performing and writing and just listening to music. That’s something that I feel like I’ve lost just because I’ve been so wrapped up in other things in my life. Just recently I’ve been opening myself up to music more and that it’s because I’ve been thinking about things that I love and enjoying my life. I’ve been finding that passion just by putting on a record in the morning, waking up and gearing myself for the day and listening to these sounds that I love. This puts me in a good place to start the day.

“When you’re more open and honest it’s easier for people to accept you for who you are and to not feel like you’re guarding yourself or protecting yourself.”

Also, I should talk about the dog I adopted, who I am so in love with. He’s the coolest little dude! That’s one of those things where you know no matter how much you just want to throw the little creature off a roof for eating your furniture you can’t help but just be reminded of how much you love this little thing and that’s something that’s been really helpful to me.

I recently got out of a major relationship and for a little while I felt like hopeless about love with another person. Having a dog sparked everything back up and set me into a place where I was ready to find love again with another person.

So I don’t know if all of that ties in somehow with everything else. It kind of does, because once I had an animal with me at all times, it has just reminded me about what it is to be passionate about something and has sparked me into or set me in a place where I listen to more music because I want to experience that with my dog (laughs) and then it’s put me in a place where I’m ready to find love with another person and experience that as it comes along. 52faces.com

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