Fighting for animal liberation and an end to speciesism
Many years ago, my brother in law was diagnosed with bone cancer. As he was laying on the operating table waiting to be put under for a mid thigh amputation, he tried selling the surgeon his financial services. Today, he's still just as passionate about what he does. I was always envious that he'd found his purpose ... he had a raison d'etre ... something that lit him up and kept him interested day after day after day. Not all that long ago, I realized *this* is my raison d'etre ... yay, I finally have one!! Not just AR alone, but the way everything connects with it ... like capitalism, slavery, feminism, poverty, etc. And, of course, I also like the food aspect of it all. And art, too.
Well, I also find myself making all sorts of fresh starts at this time in my life. Practically like starting over. And I've just started the process of re-enrolling in college. I'll be starting winter semester.
So what to do? What classes? What program? I've never had to work at academics and was always at the top of my class with very little effort (when I chose to be). Where I stumbled was in staying engaged and interested. I've started different things (art, architecture, nursing) but never did finish a program ... close, but no cigar ... er, no degree.
I chose, instead, to take care of my kids, and have the family and white picket fence (which I painted blue!), and that sort of thing. And I'm mostly glad I did ... but now ... I want to do something else.
Part of what I do from here on out will be vegan food and cookbooks, definitely, and art and/or creative projects ... but where else can I improve myself to be as effective as possible within AR and the larger sphere of just making this a better world ... ?
At "my age," ... basically halfway through my life ... what is there to do?
Roger, after a couple years of thinking about it, I actually got that final little push I needed to go back to school after reading what you said on the "Butterflies FB Great Debate Thread" ... and realizing that your path to where you are now wasn't without its stop and starts. What would you advise someone like me if I showed up in your office? (WWRYD? :)
Any input welcomed ...
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