~~I'm not sure I'll ever know the meaning of life but I know its more than the hysteria people make it out to be. It's about freeing your soul when no one else can; turning thirty and still feeling like you're seventeen. It's about taking chances on a whim, embracing the rain during a storm, and smiling so damn much that you start to cry. It's never forgetting, never regretting, and always being. It's about living with a full heart and an overflowing glass. I live life on the edge. I dream, I care, and I belong. I know there is a here and now. I know that I want it.~~ Nadege Richards
I want it as well! I want to really live. To feel sheer joy. To know I belong. To give to a community. To change directions just because I can. To dance. To breathe.
Quitting was the best thing I ever did for me. Hands down the best. But I have found it doesn't stop there. Most things I do now are the best things that ever happened to me! I try, I explore, I create, and I learn. My world is full of wonder and magic and miracles. I can do things I never even thought I'd try. And all because I quit smoking.
Quitting isn't just a one time event. Putting the cigarettes down and not picking them back up is only the beginning. I didn't concentrate on cravings because I knew they were simply a part of quitting. I didn't concentrate on missing anything because I knew thinking like that was unproductive.
Instead I looked at the world and jumped right in! I tried new things....and liked them. I explored...and liked it. I created....and liked it. I like everything.
No, I am not an "exception to the rule". There aren't any rules. Life is different for everyone but it doesn't have to be separated into 'those who love life' and 'those who don't'.
So come on out of the shadows!! Quit playing peek-a-boo with life. Grab it with both hands and live it!! Create, explore, discover, learn. Try. Choose. And, above all else, please DO. Don't wait for life to happen to you. It doesn't really work that way. Life is waiting for you. Go get it! And leave the addiction far behind.......