Aside from picking and choosing friends to spend Sunday service with, my family and I have always parted ways when it comes to our "faith."
It's not that we don't have one, I'd like to believe that my mother, father and brother all have some sort of belief in the great unknown out there, even if they don't know they do.
When it comes to faith, I really, really want to believe in the power of it. Sometimes, I even do. But every now and then there's this sinking suspicion that I only believe in it because I want to, not because I actually, deep down do.
Which, if I were living life just for myself, maybe a sort-of faith would be acceptable.
But I'm not.
Now, I'm living it for her:
And honestly, a whole hoard of others that have a special place in my heart, from the family I grew up with, the one I married into, the one I spent college with and the future one Ryan and I will continue to make for ourselves.
So I guess it's about time to figure out what we believe. Or at the very least, it's time to start trying.
We're not really sure where faith, religion and veganism will fall in line or if they will at all. But we're willing to start looking for the answers, because I want to have them ready when Pearyn starts asking them. And not because I want to "be right," but because I want to believe in them.
I can't help but wonder however, what other faiths vegan or veg-friendly families follow. I've been involved in more arguments over the Bible's instructions on slaughtering animals for food and necessities than I'd like to admit, so we're going to tread lightly and carefully on this path. We're going to explore lots of different avenues, from Buddhism to Christianity.
And hopefully at the end of all this, we're going to find something that's right for us. And just like veganism, while it may not be right or even accepted by every one else, we're ready to find something willing to believe in - to put our faith in.
While I certainly don't expect veganism to fit into one perfect little religious box, I'd like to find a marriage between the two ways of life if possible.
So for now, we're going to start from the beginning.
Once upon a time there was man and he was created by ...
To be continued.