I don't like the word flexitarian. It sounds pretentious and smug; I wouldn't blame anyone for rolling their eyes when they hear it. But for the purposes of description, that's what I have recently become, eating mostly vegetarian or vegan meals with meat, fish and dairy products as occasional treats.
The little things are what made me smile through treatment. I remember taking a walk each day just to feel the sunshine on my face. I remember the moment I could taste bread again after chemo. I remember the safety pin that arrived in the post from a friend so that it could help me hold it all together if I couldn't find the strength.
Consequently, happiness is somewhat slippery and elusive. We experience happiness sometimes, we know what it feels like, and we know how good it is. When we don't have it, we may want it. Happiness has more adaptive value when it is always just out of reach, driving us to seek it out, yet always seeming to pull away from us.
Since as far back as we have existed we have always been driven by some form of fear, either to survive, either to run from danger or to venture out into the unknown. Often these series of choices had little degree of certainty but if we didn't follow through on them the feeling of regret would be monumental.
Research shows that the majority of Brits and Americans make New Year resolutions but less than half actually stick to them. So how do you become one of these elite few 'doers' that actually make their resolutions a reality? It's simple: set a strategy and be resolute about moving consistently and with self-forgiveness towards your goal!
As a tiny child I couldn't understand why anyone would willingly eat animals. I preferred peas and potatoes. When my specialist advised that some recent studies had suggested that eating animal products can increase one's propensity to become susceptible to certain diseases, I was overjoyed to announce to the world that I was now 'officially' a vegetarian.
Feminism is about women having the same freedom men have, to have the choice to live whatever life they wish. To reiterate, you can always, always be both. And so, with this in mind, if and when a woman decides to marry and/or have children there should be no change in her plight for female independence.