~~When is the last time you did something for the first time?~~ John C Maxwell
Since you are quitting smoking, now is a good time to plan some distractions for yourself. Remember, the busier you are, the less likely you will dwell on relapsing. So when is the last time you did something for the first time? Do you remember trying to ride a bike for the first time? Taking your first college class? Jumping off the high dive at the community pool?
As adults, we tend to settle into routine. Work, home, dinner, TV, bed, right? And sometimes we get in an early morning run or a quick dash to the grocery store. But somewhere in between our childhood and grownhood, we lost the ability to take action on our dreams. Because real life sweeps us along and we get caught up in the 'have to' rather than the 'want to'.
You ever wanted to learn to ride a horse? Take ballroom dance lessons? Scale a wall? Learn German? What about plan that garden in the back yard? Train for a 5k? Learn to scuba dive?
Life is filled with fun! With opportunities! With discoveries! Why not explore a bit while you can. I got my first and only tattoo when I quit smoking. It's a little Gemini symbol (very pretty) on my ankle. That's a first for me. I learned to dance after I quit. Another first. I spoke to a room filled with people about substance abuse and pregnancy. Yikes! A very scary and shaky first
Lately I dropped trying new things. This past year has been quite a challenge. But life is short and I want to be able to tell God that I truly enjoyed His gift of life to me so I'm sitting down today and making an updated list of things I want to try.
You may not be the kind of person who likes new things. That's ok. But what about doing the things you know you like? Are you a traveler? Do you love camping? Are you an artist? Being creative is a great coping skill to have while you are in the early days of your quit. Doing things you love can keep you busy in such a good, healthy way!
It doesn't take money to try new things...although by quitting you will have more money to play with. It doesn't take any particular set of skills. All you need is a curious mind and a willingness to try
Enjoy your quit!!