I apologize for my massive blogging hiatus. Last semester was incredibly busy-- between some really tough classes, a bunch of extracurriculars, and a writing job, I felt like I didn't even have time to breathe! But I'm back, and I hope to blog more regularly now. (I recently did a guest blog over at Your Health First-- check it out!) This is going to be a bit of a personal post, but my journey was most definitely inspired by the ancestral health community.
Up until about six months ago, my plan for after graduation was to go to law school. From the time I was about twelve until I was about twenty (i.e. right around the time I started this blog and really got into the health community), all I cared about for my future was making money-- I wanted to be a lawyer to the stars, I wanted a swanky NYC apartment, and I wanted to be rich. Then at some point after I really became passionate about health, I changed my mind. I didn't care about money anymore; instead, I decided I wanted to represent farmers and fight Monsanto, or work for the ACLU, or get into food politics, or do child advocacy. I wanted to help people and make a difference! I saw what this community was doing for people-- everyone was (and still is!) so supportive and helpful, and I got into this "I want to save the world" mentality... which I still have.
When I left for Scotland, I still had plans for law school. But studying abroad was a life-changing experience for me-- everything got put into perspective, and I realized that I didn't want to deal with three more years of school. I'm still extremely interested in law (one of my favorite classes this semester is History of American Law: 1877- Present), but right now, law school isn't for me. Maybe it will be in the future, and maybe one day I will represent farmers or work for the ACLU, but at the moment, I'm looking at a lot of other options.
If I hadn't gotten into this real food movement, I don't know if any of these changes would've happened. I wouldn't know anything about food politics or health, and I wouldn't know how awesome it feels to watch a community support each other like this one does. I truly think my changed eating habits changed everything-- I became less stressed out and less cynical, and more into helping people and trying to save the world. I stopped hanging out with toxic people, my personality type changed from INTJ to ISTJ (and my Hogwarts house changed from Slytherin to Ravenclaw), and I just felt-- and still feel-- so much better and happier. It was a massive change, and it was exactly what I needed.
My senior quote in my high school yearbook was from Fame: "How bright our spirits go shooting out into space depends on how much we contributed to the earthly brilliance of this world. And I mean to be a major contributor." I believe in this quote so much more now than I did four years ago, and I truly want to contribute amazing things to this world, regardless of which industry I end up working in.
As I approach three years of this lifestyle in just a few days, I want to thank everyone who has gotten me to this point. It's still scary that I don't know what I'm doing with my life yet, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
Quote of the Day:
"But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned to a pillar of salt. So it goes. People aren't supposed to look back. I'm certainly not going to do it anymore." -Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five