Hi and welcome to my blog. My name is Rebecca and I am a 22 year old vegan. I just graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in chemical engineering. I am starting graduate school at University of California at Davis this fall. This blog focuses on my passion for running and eating delicious vegan food. I will also discuss issues related to body image, something I, like many women, have struggled with most of my life and continue to struggle with.
The title of this blog is based on the lyrics of the Pink Floyd song “Echoes.” I love Pink Floyd. The second verse of the song goes like this:
Strangers passing in the street
By chance two separate glances meet
And I am you and what I see is me
And do I take you by the hand
And lead you through the land
And help me understand the best I can
We are all the same inside, we all have problems, and we can all understand one another. This blog explores problems we all have and how we can connect with others and understand one another.
I have been vegan since I was 14 (almost 8 years!). Initially I went vegan for all the wrong reasons. I had a very negative body image, and had begun restricting my food intake to try to lose weight. I went vegan in an attempt to mask what I was doing and further restrict my intake. I have since changed my reasons for being vegan. Through research, I discovered the horrors of factory farming and the negative effects of animal agriculture on the environment. As a lifelong animal lover and environmentalist, I decided to stay vegan for these reasons.
I have a loving boyfriend, who I have been dating for almost 3 years. I met him when we both lived in a (formerly) vegan cooperative. We have since moved out of the co-op and gotten an apartment together. Meeting him was one of the best things to happen to me. He is adorable, smart, handsome and sweet and makes me smile and feel good about myself and my body every day.