Stellar Advice from Street Teamer Olivia!
Those of you who use the peta2 message boards know that I am always creepin’ around in there, looking for places to pipe up and help out (don’t judge me! Joey and Anna creep, too!). As you can imagine, we are always super proud of Street Teamers working together to make the world a kinder place—but I found a real gem the other day.
A Street Teamer was asking for advice on the message boards because she really wants to go vegetarian, but her parents are being less than supportive (I can relate to this, and I know some of y’all can too!). As I was scrolling down to hit the “Reply” button and give her some support, I read this post by Olivia, another Street Teamer:
Hi Gaby. All I can say is just DO IT!!! How old are you? I’m 13. This is exactly what happened to me. My mom and dad were so mad at me for going veg. Trust me, I’ve heard it all before. My dad said I was crazy and brainwashed and he always says rude stuff (like “mmmm I like eating animals. animals are TASTY!” or he puts bacon near my face and he’s like “wow, Liv. This is some REALLY GOOD bacon!”). When I was little I was really picky about vegetables too, but going veg opened me up to all the new foods and I really started loving the stuff. I have absolutely no support from my parents and I stopped caring. If I don’t want my body to be a graveyard, I’m not gonna let it be and it isn’t their right to say differently. Who cares if they think I’m crazy? I mean, they’re ignorant and don’t care that what they were eating used to be walking around. And make sure to do your research and tell them the health benefits of being veg. I mean, who could deny you the right to be healthy? Make sure you get enough vitamins though – don’t worry, it isn’t hard.
My parents won’t buy for me or cook for me. Since I’m 13 and I can’t get a job, I started doing extra chores to earn money. I have to buy my own special foods (tofu, fake meat, etc.) but it’s worth it in the long run. I’m starting to quit dairy (even though I only went veg over a month ago…) and it’s nice because since I buy my own food, they don’t notice much if I get soy milk or daiya cheese :).
I really hope this helped. Just remember that your mom doesn’t have the right to tell you to eat animals. It is your body and your conscience and if you can live your life without taking someone else’s, then do it. Don’t forget that there are tons of people here on peta2 that support you and you can ask us for advice anytime 🙂
See what I mean?! Olivia is totally awesome—her advice was so solid, that I didn’t even need to chime in.
My favorite part? She does extra chores to buy tofu! Did you all know that people hate doing chores? They do!
What’s your fave thing about Olivia’s advice? Do you have any other advice you’d like to add in?