Change Your Lifestyle With A Strong “Why”

Updated: Oct 29, 2020

Leaping onto something new – be it a new job, a newlywed life, a vegan diet, motherhood or freelancing – can be scary.

I didn’t think it was in my nature to take risks or chances. But I proved to myself that I can change my nature, and nurture the right habits to prepare me for this.

In the past 3 years, I’ve worked for 3 companies. The first was a trainee consultant job, which was really an analyst role. The second and third were copywriting, which I’ve unexpectedly fallen in love with.

It’s difficult for me to admit that because for the longest time I had always identified myself as an analytical and meticulous science student.

But then again, I had always known myself as someone who ate meat.

The past few years had essentially been a process of me shedding that identity.

Who knew I could adapt my skills to a different field. I guess that’s what universities mean by ‘transferable skills’ – your expertise in something that could also be applied to another thing.

Being a copywriter, I do believe you need to be meticulous.

From researching target audience to telling a captivating but concise story and ensuring no spelling mistakes.

I’m grateful for my intellectual awareness, mostly thanks to my training in the science field.

Learning about the realities of the world has made me empathetic to the environment, animals and people.

Being vegan is a consequence of that.

And so does being a copywriter.

I could have been a scientist.

But for many reasons, mostly the restrictive nature of the career and being rather unfeeling about topics that matter to me, I chose a different route.

I don’t know if I had made the right decision, but I can honestly say that I’m happy and most importantly, motivated to achieve more.

And I believe that anyone can achieve what they want. We’re no longer restricted by ridiculous social rules like women can’t work or go to university.

So why not work for something you desire?

Believe me, you can change your situation if you put your mind to it and work for it.

If you eat meat, you can be vegan.

If you had studied science, you can be a dancer instead.

If you find that being a musician doesn’t suit you, you can switch to corporate life.

I’m not saying it’s going to be easy.

You do have to have a plan and a strong why.

I couldn’t have stopped eating eggs every day if I didn’t know about the egg industry, and know that deep down it’s wrong.

I couldn’t have taken the steps to get out of the 9-to-5, abandoning all the comfort and security, if I didn’t have a strong reason.

And YOU can change your lifestyle, too.

I know you have at least a bit of knowledge about that thing you’re drawn to.

Keep learning.

And then, here’s what you need to do:

List down at least 3 reasons why you want to switch to that lifestyle.

Tell it to yourself every day.

Internalize it.

You won’t go back to eating meat.

You won’t go back to using a plastic toothbrush.

You won’t go back to the old life you dislike and feel guilty about.

#sustainability #vegan