There are a great number of things in life I would love to do, but know I will never get around to doing. Which is sad, but true. I would never have enough self control or determination to achieve these things. Lets chuck in a list of things I want to achieve but never will, shall we?
1. Redecorate my room. I have been telling myself to do so since we moved in, but I never seem to have the time or money to do so. The first step to doing so would be repainting the disgusting walls (what were the old owners thinking?! Mint with apricot?!), next is re-tiling the floors, then fixing the lightings (I really like those nano-chandelier things they have in Ikea), buying new curtains, lamps, furniture, the list goes on.
2. Getting a job. I know I will have to get a job eventually, but I don't think it' s going to happen anytime in the near future. I'm just not bothered to go typing up resumes, phoning people here and there, and arranging transportaion. It's such a hassle.
3. Become a vegetarian. I often get lectures from Sophie about how bad for your health meat is, and I know it's true. I know that heaps of chemicals go into animals these days, and Van was telling me the other day about the cruelty pigs go through for us to obtain pork (something about pigs being skinned alive?), but I seriously cannot ever be a vegetarian. I love meat wayyy too much. I could never give up my KFC or lasagna or tacos. What would I eat everyday if I go vego anyways? I detest seafood, so that's not an alternative.
4. Learn to play the violin. I have felt the urge to play the violin for a few years now, but have never gotten around to actually buying a violin and arranging lessons. I've asked Ida to teach me but she has refused (I think she just doesn't want me to touch her violin. Musicians are like this with their instruments. I would chuck a tantrum if anyone scratched my piano.)
5. Learning to speak French. We learnt it in Year 8, but I can only remember the basics, une! deux! trois!. Jenny and I have also tried online lessons, but this has proved ineffective, and the only thing I remember now is Je veux un enfant de toi, which basically means I want to have your baby.
Well folks, the times are a-changing, and I'm actually making an effort on the vegetarianism one. Here's the full story. Sophie became a vegetarian ages ago, and has been attempting to convert us for ages. But I've always thought that I wouldn't have enough self control. Yes, meat is bad, but not bad enough for me to stop eating it.
But then I thought maybe it is a possibility after all. Maybe if I slowly decreased my meat consumption, I will eventually stop. I managed to limit my meat to one meal per day, or less. It was much easier than I expected. I found nice alternatives for everything, and it was wayyy healthier.
I was telling Jenny L of meat-consumption limits yesterday, and she thought that we should try and eat less meat together. Then we did a little bit of research on the disadvantages of meat and... we have officially been converted. Meat is disgusting, I can't believe I haven't realised it earlier. It makes me nauseous to imagine myself eating meat now.
Trust me, if you actually enjoy your meat, do not google 'meat is bad', or 'advantages of being a vegetarian'.
But Jenny and I are willing to give up meat for the rest of our lives. We are officially vegetarians. Well, Jenny's an ovo-lacto-vegetarian (a vegetarian who eats eggs and dairy products), and I'm a lacto-vegetarian (because I actually like my milk, but I hate eggs).
I know many people are sceptical about this whole thing (just look at the comments Jenny received in the last post). Some people believe we won't last. They think we'll constantly crave for meat. I believe this is untrue. When someone mentions 'McChicken burger', I think dying chickens, artificial hormones, blood, guts, grease. When someone mentions 'Juicy steak', I think dying cows, blood, cow pee, heart disease. Trust me, I have no desire to touch meat ever again.
Then there are others who think we'll have a deficiency of nutrients. Like my parents. They went ballistic when I broke the news to them. But did you know that you only need 45 grams of protein a day? Which you can get from one potato? It is highly unlikely that we'll have protein deficiency. And the iron? Well you can get that from many foods that I highly enjoy, such as beans, nuts or grain products.
But I won't bore you with the rest of the details. The point is, I believe that I can do this. I think I will be able to live without meat, it's a good choice for both moral and health reasons. Discouraging me from being a vegetarian won't work. Trying to contaminate my food with meat (yes I'm looking at you Jenny N) won't work either.