Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures for
long-term values. Joshua L. Liebman
If I were to say "Oh no you don't! You just think you do", you would never believe me because you're still thinking with your Addictive Mind!
So let's just say for the sake of argument that you really truely enjoy your sickerette! Please tell me one other pleasure you have that you are so enthralled in that you will literally suffer and die for it! THAT is how much you enjoy smoking? Really?
Here's a reality check that I read about yesterday - ONE IN FOUR US citizens will have COPD sometime during their lifetime! Guess who they are for the most part! You and ME! Yes, I have COPD already! But at least I know about it! Did you know that HALF of the people with COPD don't even know that they have it? So am I unlucky that I have COPD or am I lucky to know that I have COPD?
So just what is COPD? Huh? Don't you take your Spiriva or Advair and go traipsing around with the Grandkids?
Absolutely not that glamorous! COPD is Chronic, Progressive, and Incurable! It is a combination of Asthma, Bronchitis, and Emphysema. You can't breathe right EVER!
Ever get winded going up a flight of stairs? Try living that way for the rest of your life!
Ever wake up with a smokers' cough? Try waking up every single day with the cough years after you quit smoking!
Now combine the two!
Here's another way to experience COPD when you don't have it: take a breath in and without exhaling count to 3 and take another breath in. Now do it again!
You see, emphysema means you can inhale but you can't exhale! So what do you exhale? That's right, CO2!!!! I can't do that as well as you can! Nice, huh?
So you enjoy smoking THAT MUCH?!?!? I used to think that sickerettes relaxed me! Do you ever think that?
Believe me, they don't relax me any more! Are you going to follow in my footsteps and quit only when you HAVE TO or are you going to make a commitment NOW before you have COPD and be a heck of a lot smarter than me?
RELAX? With meds and oxygen and doctor's appointments and vaccinations and exacerbations, and disability, and a million other things that MUST change to accomodate my illness?
RELAX when I had to tell my Wife and Kids what I'd done to myself in the name of PLEASURE and RELAXATION? Seriously?
Can you see the contrast - the disconnect between my Addictive Mind and REALITY??? Get Smart! QUIT SMOKING for LIFE!!!!