I forgot to tell you guys, but I didn’t go to the aquarium!
That kept rolling in my mind, and voices inside my head kept arguing the fact that even though the company culture in Japan is stronger than anywhere else, and to refuse would have been consider as a dishonor to my field, it was still going against my principles and as a vegan, I couldn’t accept that.
Still, my job is everything to me and as a working wife needing the salary my disabled husband can’t have since he’s unable to work, I couldn’t just go with a “as a vegan, I refuse to participate.”
So, I lied, saying my plane had a problem and I would not make it on time.
I lied, not because I am not brave enough to expose my convictions, but because I AM brave enough to lie and still face my boss everyday knowing the truth because I can’t afford to lose a job that makes me the only provider of my family.