I borrowed Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home from the library after hearing of a group viewing that conflicted with my schedule.
I am SO thankful I did not watch this with a group of people.
Or anyone else for that matter.
I was under the impression that this film was a documentary about a local Massachusetts farm that took in rescued farm animals.
That was partially right. It was about a local farm and rescued animals.
But it was also about the farm industry.
I’ve seen food/farm industry documentaries before.
It didn’t go over well.
In fact, it lead to 6+ months of a strict vegetarian diet and lots of explaining.
After 6 months, I got tired. The shock wore off and I was happy to not “stir the pot” for once.
I locked my emotion about this subject away to comply with the pressures and people around me.
Watching this documentary was like slap upside the head.
I’ve been going through a huge transition. Both personally and with my business.
My focus has shifted to be a little more aware of how I’m feeling and what moves me.
Not so much about what people think.
That is the hardest part.
I logically know what people think does not matter.
But worry, anxiety, and fear has a way of creeping in.
I push little bits of myself down so that I can avoid judgement, explanation, and gossip.
I’m starting to not care.
The decision cut meat, dairy, and eggs out of my diet is something I feel strongly about.
And it’s not just about chemicals and animal abuse.
It’s about how I feel when I eat a greener, primarily vegetarian diet.
I want to be healthy.
I won’t even go into my beliefs about what kind of trauma could be locked away in an animal’s tissue due to the treatment they received before death.
If it can happen to humans after a car accident or traumatic experience,
it can certainly happen with animals.
And then we eat that.
In the face of all the obstacles that arise with making a decision like this… I’m making it.