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People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
I know it is difficult to have a different faith than those who live under the same roof as you. However, it is important to your parents and yourself that you exude confidence in all that you do. Lying to others or selling yourself short for the sake of keeping all involved from change is more destructive in the long run. If you want to start studying psychology, you should do so with much exuberance. Likewise, if you want to become a Christian, Hindu or Buddhist, do so with the most diligence and dedication that you can muster. If others are keeping you from growing, the worst thing you can do is listen.
These are your parents and they are only looking to increase your happiness, if you wish, tell them about your ideals on faith, morality and spirituality. Express to them that this chosen path creates happiness for you. This is completely optional of course, as faith is an extremely personal decision.
Like faith, vegetarianism is also a personal decision. Your body belongs to nobody but you. If you truly wish to stop consuming the dead bodies of innocent creatures, you must be firm with your family. You don’t have to tell them it’s a matter of faith alone- but a matter of morality and justice. You can get every vitamin, mineral and protein from vegetarian sources that you can from meat, anyways. Do some research and prepare some factoids to share with your mother if she doesn’t agree with your decision. Vegetarianism is not only healthier for you, but for animals, the environment and even to other humans around you!
I hope I’ve helped!
Jai Ambe Maa!