This post might piss some people off or offend. My apologies in advance, but I just have to vent about something that has been weighing on my mind for some time.
As a vegan, a runner, and someone who lives a pretty healthy lifestyle, I get this a lot from people:
“I’d like to ______, but I can’t.” (fill in the blank with give up meat, give up dairy, run, exercise, eat more fruits and veggies, etc.)
My response is usually a polite nod, or “I know, it can be hard.”
What I really want to say?
You CAN’T or you WON’T?
I think we all know the answer, don’t we?
As someone who used to be addicted to sugar, fats, and sodium and transitioned to a plant-based diet; as someone who couldn’t run for 10 seconds without feeling out of breath and is now training to run her first marathon in a few months, I have this to say to those of you who say you can’t.
You can do anything you set your damn mind to.
But you choose not to. So the real question you should be asking yourself is why won’t you? Why won’t you choose healthier foods? Why won’t you give meatless meals a chance? Why won’t you eat more fruits and veggies, knowing damn well that choosing these things is more healthy for you than that double bacon cheeseburger or fourth slice of pizza you’re about to stuff in your face? Why won’t you do some exercise instead of sitting on your couch or recliner, watching another mindless hour of television?
We see amazing shit all of the time: stories of people with serious handicaps who decide they want to climb a mountain or run an ultramarathon and they do it. People who are hundreds of pounds overweight and decide NO MORE and lose tons of weight and achieve awesome fitness goals and just completely transform their lives.
So stop telling yourself “I can’t” and instead replace those words with what you really mean: “I won’t.” And then ask yourself “Why the hell not?” I suspect that once you start asking yourself that question, walls of excuses, denial, doubt, and insecurity will start to crumble. And once those walls fall down?
The sky is the limit, my friend.