Maybe you a lousy at poker, or you don't gamble. That's fine. The important thing is learning the style of a good poker player - a poker face. This will come in especially handy in social situations. Not that you will make many friends with that, but it avoids bringing unnecessary attention to yourself.
I had, on two occassions been asked if I am ok or whether I am feeling disgusted when seated at a non-vegetarian dinner table. I just felt a little uncomfortable, but never expect the face-contortion spell to fall on me. It was a little embrassing when people started looking up at you while you try to relax your facial muscles and say in a most positive manner that you are ok. Don't keep your poker face too long though, especially when your vegetarian meal is served. Because another situation you do not want occus is your non-veg host and table mates worrying you are not happy with the veg dishes.
That's the hardest part of veganism to me. It is not finding vegan food and goods, reading labels, doing lots of research on the topic, stopping yourself when you want to dive for the meat. It is our interdependent world where we are afraid of what people would think of us, that others wouldn't accept who we are. Sometimes we think so much or become so afraid that we choose to back out and quit it all. But if we keep our undiscerning poker faces and remain strong in our conviction, we will be able to overcome all obstacles.
Kudos to all vegans and vegetarians who have remain firm in your convictions!
素满园 (People's Park Centre)
6 days ago