today i was training a new dog-walker at the humane society, and in the course of our shift together, she asked me how i got started volunteering there myself. i was all, "blah blah loved dogs, couldn't have one, blah blah animals are cute, blah blah animal rights, right up my alley, blah blah." she took my mention of animal rights and ran with it, saying that she has been meat-free since may, then adding that she still eats fish (baby steps, i guess), and mentioning that it was spurred when her sister loaned her skinny bitch to read. after listening to her for awhile, i let on that i'm vegan (and had been vegetarian for many years before that), and she asked if it was really hard transitioning from vegetarianism to veganism. i find that people ask me that almost every single time. is that common? what do you say?
i always say something like, "not nearly as hard as i'd made it out to be in my head," and then i can never decide if they'll think i'm lying, so then i blather on and on (and on) about how much of a dairy connoisseur i was, all my life, and yet it really was easier than i thought it was going to be. and then i wonder if my answer is tired and annoying. obviously my goal is to get them to reframe what they are presumably seeing as a Big Obstacle (or i assume they wouldn't all phrase the question that way), but every time, i wonder if they think i'm "just saying that," you know?