When I returned from my run today I carried out my usual routine. I did a range of post run exercise stretches, followed by a big cup of water and lime juice and then had a quick protein rich meal.As soon as I had the important bits out of the way I kicked off my running clothes and headed for the shower. I open the shower door and stand inside and close the magnetic door behind me. When inside I turn on the shower facing away from me while it heats up. Then I put the head in place. As I do this I can’t help but notice a spider in the corner of the wall inside the shower trying to climb up on the wet tiles. As he struggles I switch off the shower and step back out to find a piece of cardboard. Once I have the cardboard I gently get the spider onto the cardboard and then move him to the corner of the room outside the shower. I don’t want to put Hubert outside because it’s freezing cold out there and he might die. For some reason he is happy inside even though I see a lack of food available to him he must be here for a reason.
When I got out of the shower I reminded myself that recently I have seen a lot of wildlife documentaries, as usual, and seen many posts of snakes and spiders online and through media streams such as Facebook. I reminded myself that when I saw such animals I saw their pure beauty. Snakes are absolutely fascinating creatures, by nature and by the way they look. The colors of them are often divine, and I love the typical shape of a snakes head. Also if you look at the way in which a snake moves they have an extremely advanced bio mechanical system in place to help them travel with minimal effort and stealth.
Several months ago we had some visitors we didn’t really want in the house. It was around the start of September 2014. I remember waking up to get ready for college and I spotted an ant happily going about his own business running across one of our bookshelves. I got some paper and carefully directed him onto the paper and went out to the garden and placed him at the end of the garden in some bashes gently. I remember going to college and coming home to 5 of them. The next day I woke up they were everywhere. Initially I began getting each one outside but I realised there were just too many too handle this. I made my usual home made cleaning spray of quart bottle of white vinegar and the rest water and sprayed around the walls on the floor to clean the area. When I woke the next day they stopped coming in.
One time I was sat by the computer and a bee came wandering into the house. We had wasps and bees in all the time from outside. I will admit we do have a lot of bees around us and they can almost be problematic but we will not call for them to be moved as they are obviously happy where they are. I just get a large piece of card and gently guide it back out of the french doors to the garden. The same with flies, I no longer waft flies with my hand but carefully guide them in the right direction.
Anyway the point of these things is that before I became vegan I had a fear of things like spiders, snakes, and bees and saw ants, flies and wasps as being complete pests. Not the case. It’s almost like I thought they were put on Earth just to make my life hell and scare me or annoy me. Now I realise how silly these thoughts were. Since becoming Vegan I have found a loving, joyful connection to all living life regardless of how big, small or almost seemingly insignificant the masses may find them. The truth is everything that lives is beautiful. Everything that lives has their own grand personality and characteristics that make them special and unique. Sometimes we believe that an ant is just an ant which is just the same as any other ant. Or that a slug is a slug just the same as any other slug.
Talking on slugs recently I moved some plant pots from my balcony and I placed them inside the house for winter. When I did I noticed 2 little slugs probably not much larger than a cm each in length. When I picked them both up from different parts of a plant they splodged their way closer to one another. When they were stood in front of each other they raised their heads up with their little antennas standing proud and curled their necks into one another. It seemed as though these seemingly insignificant (to most people) creatures where protecting one another and showing each other love. It was truly a magical moment for us both to watch. Certainly one that I will remember and cherish for the rest of my life.
I wonder if anyone else has had this same experience. Becoming vegan has built a direct connect between me and all living things out there. One of compassion, love and joy and I intend on spreading that to every single life human, mammal, insect or even alien that shall ever cross or walk my paths. I no longer have the same fear that I had previously and I hope for more of these great feelings to come through me as I progress on my adventure to life.
On that note time to wrap up this blog. Spreading lots of love to you all. Have a wonderful day I love you all.