My second article for Chic Vegan! I really enjoyed writing this one and I hope you all enjoy. The full article is available here.
I have a problem; one that I planned to leave back in high school.
I really, really want to be liked. By everyone and anyone! My friends, colleagues, even total strangers. I’m so scared of judgement that I have two “Home” playlists on my IPod: one for just me and one for when someone is over. Yep, it’s bad.
I am so eager to please that it’s a personality fault. If someone gives me a chair that is uncomfortable, I will not say anything. If someone wants a favour and it clashes with my best friend’s birthday, I will actually feel bad about refusing.
Where this all stems from I do not know, but for someone who spends her life trying to keep everyone happy, going vegan was an interesting choice.
All of a sudden, friends thought I was judging them. All of a sudden I was a dinner guest with “special requirements”. I was the freak at work who refused Jenny’s homemade cookies because “I don’t eat dairy” and didn’t take a slice of Sarah’s birthday cake. I suddenly had to defend myself to those around me and when my spluttering explanation was met with anything other than smiles and rainbows, I felt my easy, likeable universe crumbling.
For a die-hard people pleaser, awkward social situations are not ideal and I needed to find effective ways to navigate them ASAP. After all, veganism should bring joy and positivity into our lives, not awkwardness and resentment, right?
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