I am terrible with dates, but in my best recollection, it must be around the 15 year anniversary of my vegetarianhood. Sometime in the spring when I was 18 years old, I decided to not eat meat for just one day. My mom and dad insisted that it must be a phase, and I'd be back to eating meat in no time. Turns out, I never did. Looking back, being vegetarian has made me a much more adventurous eater, encouraging me to try things that I never would have tasted before. I used to be rather picky, but now I love trying new things. The other thing that I noticed shortly after I became vegetarian, was that food just "tasted better". I don't know how to explain it, it just seemed like fruits and vegetables had more "taste". For some reason, meat seemed to dull my taste buds, in a way. I'm not sure if other vegetarians experience that, or if I'm just weird.
So, 15 years after going vegetarian "cold turkey" (yeah, pun intended), here I am.