Mrs. Break just asked me how long I had been quit. I suddenly realized that today was the 26th and that today is my 8 year anniversary! She asked me because she then pointed out that at 15 years, it is like you never smoked, so I guess I'm a little over half way there!
The best part about this for me is that I didn't even realize it was my anniversary. When I consider all the time I used to worry about will I ever be able to quit? Will I ever stop? And if I stop, will I ever be able to get through the day without thinking about smoking? The answer to all of these questions is an emphatic YES!
There are many keys to a successful quit. Among them education is probably the single-most important factor. This of course is debatable but it's my humble opinion. One of the key factors a new quitter may not see is that you cannot see quitting as a fight. If you fight yourself constantly you will likely lose that battle. Instead, realize that the quit is ultimately WHAT YOU WANT. Once you realize this the quit becomes much easier.
Congratulations to everyone quitting, no matter where you are on your journey. It is a journey to better yourself and a journey towards the freedom to live your own life beyond the grip of addiction.