Hello, my name is Michael. I am 22 have been a vegetarian since age 12.
My vegetarianism resulted from discussing animal sacrifices in the ancient world, which caused to become very emotional. That day, I made the connection to the meat I was eating. I promptly became a vegetarian, pretty much overnight.
I expect to become vegan when I become financially independent (I do not know when that will be, and I have no sort of job right now). For some reason, my parents just will not understand how it is possible for necessary to become vegan (I have tried very hard to explain).
Of course, several years ago, I could never have handled the prospect of veganism. It just seemed grossly intimidating and frightening. However, the more I research, the more veganism seems morally correct and sufficiently practical. It seems to be much about knowing of alternatives to animal products. Of course, one factor is that even more alternatives exist now than five years ago.
Though, I need to make clear that I do not need vegans to approve of my refusal to risk damaging myself to become vegan now.
I am not sure whether I should have written the previous paragraph. I just am not sure what response I will receive. I am just prepared in case of a hostile one.