by Mark DeNicola |
To many of us, the idea of going an entire day without speaking seems unfathomable. We depend on our voice to express ourselves, to connect with one another and to distract ourselves from the seemingly limitless thoughts of our mind.
On January 1st, 2014 Australian James Aspey began what would become a remarkable feat to help raise awareness for something he is passionate about. On January 31st, 2015 the mission was accomplished as James successfully went an entire year -365 days -without speaking to raise awareness for animals.
Over the course of the year, James travelled across Australia in a camper van, stopping at various popular public destinations to raise awareness for the cause. According to his website, the key points James set out to inform the public about through his campaign were:
- To raise awareness of the cruel ways in which humans currently exploit other animals for food, clothing, entertainment and testing.
- To inspire others to live in alignment with what they already believe (that animals deserve to be free from unnecessary suffering and death) by adopting a vegan ethic.
- To show how delicious and awesome vegan food is.
- To prove that by consuming no animal products we can live a perfectly healthy and potentially healthier life. That goes for athletes, children, breast feeding mothers and everyone else.
Since successfully completing his mission, James has been interviewed by several major platforms including a live talk on Australian television.
At the age of 17, James was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and T-cell Lymphoma. After going through the trials and tribulations of chemotherapy, James -with the help of a personal trainer -was able to get back on track and is in remission to this day.
Since that point, James has made it his mission to help others through his work as a personal trainer, where he truly practices what he preaches as an individual on a plant-based diet. Meditation, exercise, diet and much more all play a vital role in the lifestyle that James leads, a lifestyle that he developed progressively through his incredible story which is fully outlined here.
James’s incredible one year journey may have come to an end but his work has just begun, and we can all do our part in helping it move forward. Be sure to follow James on both Facebook and Twitter, look into his inspiration with an open mind and see if it inspires you to make any changes in your own life.
by Mark DeNicola