That's annoying Eden when people try to push it either way. I do NOT want to drink a milk shake, ever, I don't care if you love it. Everyone should just respect each other's choices. 29 years though is a long time, it's obviously working for you.
I love animals and grew up on a farm. 'Nuff said. Sniff. Being forced to eat former friends for dinner by parents who thought it was the only way to be healthy leaves a lasting impression. I now eat eggs and dairy sparingly, but though I've been vegetarian for 29 years, I do not expect the rest of the world to follow suit. You can have my steak, just pass me that salad and baked potato and we'll get along just fine.
I wish I had a dollar for every time someone said, "Oh, c'mon, you know you want a big juicy steak."
My standard answer is, "Only to give it a decent burial."