Me and my husband have been sporting our new Vegan Runners technical T-shirts recently with pride to support our cause. It’s funny actually because most times Philip feels he looks stupid for his incredibly short shorts he’s wearing. I keep reminding him that most people aren’t staring at him because of his sexy shorts but because we are running around displaying Vegan Runners!
I somehow manage to ignore that anyone is even taking a second glance at me. I know they are in general because of the T-shirt and well because I’m running about but I don’t notice the attention that much. I’m out there doing my own thing and just so happen to be sharing our cause to the rest of the world while I’m at it. When Philip brought this up I started to notice that almost everyone was staring at us. People walking past us stared, I noticed some shadows of people we passed actually turned around to look at the back of us too… Just as well our T-shirts say “Vegan Runners” on the back as well. People at stopped lights gawped out at us with wide open mouths like they were Venus Fly Traps waiting to collect flies (Philips description). It seemed the only ones that weren’t really that bothered by us where peoples dogs and the odd cat sat on a wall or fence.
It made me giggle as I thought “Awesome if people are staring then it’s working in it’s own little ways”.
We cut off the street and headed onto the canal towpaths making an overall 180 to head back towards our place but on a different path. Now I’m sure we have all met this type.
The type that has no space to speak. You know the type.The type who is smoking, struggling to move an inch let alone a mile. The type who is all to quick to tell YOU what YOU are doing wrong in YOUR life! The type who is all too quick to tell you what is right and what is wrong.
So we run by this kind of guy on the canal who shouts out to us “EAT MEAT…. ALWAYS EAT MEAT!”. I called back “Don’t eat meat, don’t support cruelty!”.
As we got a bit further up the canal Philip mentioned that it was such a strange thing to do. To say something like that out loud to us. I reminded him that when people feel like their choices are being threatened they don’t like it and will often speak out and attack! As a means of protecting their own choices and ego. In telling himself and use “Eat meat, always eat meat” he’s trying to tell himself that it’s OK to eat meat. If it didn’t affect him he wouldn’t have said a word.
No offense to the guy I just hope he one day realizes that what he’s supporting is cruel.
Have any of you ever had anyone say something to you while out there running promoting Veganism? I’d like to hear about it. Keep up the good work everyone.