Friday, November 16, 2007

Embracing the path

I was re-reading some of the comments people have left, and I just wanted to say something. I really appreciate every encouraging word you guys have written to me. Since going raw, I have felt incredibly alienated at times, in spite of the great joy and zest for life that raw food has given me overall. Walking around the city with all its McDonald's and Dunkin Donuts (drive thru!), seeing everyone with their Starbucks in hand, knowing that there are only a couple restaurants in Chicago where I can get more than a salad and a small area of Whole Foods other than the produce section where I can buy food--it makes me feel like a stranger in a strange land. I feel unwelcome in my own culture. Granted, I've always felt different, because I've always been a very sensitive and intelligent and introspective person, and this tends to alienate you from a lot of folks. But this is a whole new level of alienation. Sometimes I wonder: why did I choose this path? Am I just a glutton for punishment? But truly, I know that this path chose me. I don't get to choose who I am, any more than I get to choose being a woman or an American or a child of two sensitive parents who brought me into this world to be something great. It chose me, and all I can do is say yes and embrace the path that is calling me home.

Rachel

2 comments:

wyldegirl said...

hey rachel.. . quoting you- "Granted, I've always felt different, because I've always been a very sensitive and intelligent and introspective person, and this tends to alienate you from a lot of folks. But this is a whole new level of alienation."
i have to say- that i get it. completely and fully. that's exactly how i feel, and it's nothing to apologize for, which I'm so glad you don't. The ending of your post was beautiful and also what I've felt for a very long time. Despite all the negativity and roughness out there, there are so many sensitive, beautiful and kindred souls out there.. . how rad is that??! Keep your authenticity and the world will change.

~eve~ said...

Hi Rachel,
Could not agree more. I have known for years I am weird but the raw food lifestyle has taken it to a whole new level!

Good luck! I am New Zealand and there are no raw restaurants here just 1 supplier of some raw ingredients. Well that's supposed to make you feel better, but it does not really...

I guess we can only lead by example right. Just keep going and others will follow, they will, I am positive!

Eve