~~Laugh so hard that even sorrow smiles at you. Fight so strong that even fate accepts defeat. Love so true that even hatred walks out of the way. And live life so well that even death loves to see you exist.~~ Unknown
Hey, are you one of those people who shrinks from having fun because you don't want to draw attention to yourself? Or maybe you pull into yourself rather than risk looking foolish? How about anger? Do you hide from that nasty old emotion, thinking that anger is a bad emotion that might make you look out of control?
Taking it a bit further.....did you use smoking to shy away from life? You weren't 'perfect' enough. You had 'flaws'. You didn't know how to 'fit in'. And so you smoked. You smoked when you were angry....just to calm yourself. You smoked to celebrate, you smoked when lonely, you smoked because.....no one understood you.
Let me set your mind at rest. First of all, no one truly understands ANYONE. We are all unique personalities and our moments in life are only felt by us. We can try to share those feelings with others, but they are ours alone...to cherish, to rehash, to ponder, to feel. Second, no one in life is perfect. We all stumble through life doing the best we can. We make mistakes, we anger people, we love, we miss opportunities, we....just live.
Even better, did you know that smoking doesn't change anything? It doesn't make you prettier or happier or more charming. The opposite, in fact. Smoking ages you and isolates you and is simply just.....sad.
So, my friends, the bottom line is this. Life is waiting for you. You can choose to let your addiction waste what time you have left on earth...….or you can live life so well that even death loves to see you exist. You can shine your flaws that make you who you are. You can belly laugh while everyone else is silently wishing they could let go and belly laugh, too. You can get angry and let whomever you are angry with know all about it. Trust me, it feels GREAT!! You can laugh at your mistakes, love passionately, apologize sincerely, forgive everyone, and just....be present. Live. Let go of the fears, let go of the anxiety, let go of everything that doesn't serve you well.
You are no different than anyone else who is hesitant to live, but you are unique in that only you can bring the life to your life. Take good care of those shy parts of you, those hurt parts of you, those broken parts of you and let those other parts of you that have been tucked away in the shadows..well...let them loose. Let them free. Let them be happy, let them be bold, let them awaken all those parts of you that are dying to be free.
Don't think smoking helps you live, please. Don't think it does anything positive for you. It truly, truly kills off the best parts of you by keeping you inhaling poisons rather than going out there full force and living your life with gratitude and joy. Look at all you've been given....look at all you have to offer....and choose life. It's waiting. Then live your best life possible. No apologies. No excuses. No half-hearted attempts. Grab life by the hand and simply have the time of your life.