~~Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in the lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists...it is real...it is possible...it's yours.~~ Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged
I think sometimes smokers can't even imagine themselves in a smoke free world. What will they do with their time? What do they do to relax? Where does their happiness come from? How do they unwind, distress, live?
And it's important to know what you are striving to achieve, don't you think? While we want to let go of an addiction that is damaging...even killing...our bodies, we don't know what ideas to cling to. What thoughts to hold onto.
While I cannot speak for every ex-smoker, I can tell you that my smoke free world is like heaven on earth. I found out so much about who I am and how I want to live. I surround myself with colors and happy and hope. I am filled with gratitude and joy. And I decide my actions rather than my addiction deciding. I have created a world I love and I am eternally thankful for the opportunity.
My smoke free world still has bumps. Still has pain and anger and unfairness and even sometimes ugliness and devastation. It's all part of life. But the hero in my soul deals with everything I go through. I don't rely on a false sense of control through addiction anymore. I limp my way through it until I reach the other side, free from the chains of smoke and mirrors.
So while you are thinking of quitting, don't forget you get to paint your smoke free world any colors you like. You get to mold it with your talents and skills and wishes and hopes and dreams. Your life, your way. Life is a glorious treasure and so are you. Allow your soul the freedom it needs to shine. And don't think of what you are losing for you are not losing anything to mourn. You are gaining a world you deserve