My advice to people who are not 100% confident about their commitment to vegan living is to do everything you can to educate yourself about why you are making this change. Read about it, learn about it, and keep reading and learning until you reach the point where the products of animal slavery no longer appeal to you. Once you really understand the reasons for being vegan, there is no social challenge that will make you question your resolve, and no degree of pressure will cause you to be tempted to break your commitment.
If you find that those around you do not understand your way of thinking, and if you feel that you are alone in your perspective, consider the positions of some of the greatest minds in history:
“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
Leonardo da Vinci:
“The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.”
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Count Leo Tolstoy:
“As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.”
“The highest realms of thought are impossible to reach without first attaining an understanding of compassion.”
And remember… You are in good company.