Day 109: Not a milestone, but kinda cool...

Blog Post created by SkyGirl on Jan 14, 2013

I got back from a rather grueling two-day trip.  I flew into and out of six different cities all within 42 hours. Have you ever seen what happens to your plastic bottle of water while your plane is descending?  You know how it contracts and shrinks and gets all sucked in?  Well, I hate to deliver bad news, but there is a similar effect upon your body as your airplane lands while under cabin pressure.  For those of you who fly occasionally, there aren't any effects that you notice.  But when you are a human water bottle that is pressurized, depressurized and repressurized several times each day...  Well, I'm a glass-half-full person, so I'll just say it's an experience that makes you appreciate bedtime. 

But despite feeling like a Dansani bottle that's been through the wringer in the last two days, I wanted to come here and tell you the coolest thing about my trip.

I didn't say anything to anyone (my crew, passengers, pilots, gate agents, layover hotel clerks, van drivers, etc.) about having recently quit smoking.  Yup.  That's all.  That's it.

Not a word about smoking passed my lips in the last 42 hours. 

Now, I'm not a fanatic who preaches to everyone---Bob forbid! (see the nod to my dear friend, Jordan?).  But I do talk about it, usually to explain why I choose not to hang with the crew in certain areas outside airports and hotels, sometimes just to sort of reinforce my Quit by talking out loud about it, even sometimes to explain the weight gain that I'm so embarrassed about...

But I got home tonight and realized that I had not felt the need to speak to anyone about that fact that I just quit smoking.  I was a non-smoker on this trip.  I just WAS.  In fact, at the end of the trip, as we were on the shuttle to the employee parking lot, I thought to myself, "Wow.  These people that I've just spent the last two days with, in close quarters, don't even THINK of me as a smoker or a reformed smoker.  They would probably be really surprised to hear that I was a smoker until very recently".

So, not really a milestone.  But yay me, right?   xxxooo, Sky