~~Stay humble, stay original, stay real.~~ Unknown
I found this site a few years before my forever quit. I learned a lot...and I mean A LOT...about addiction, quitting, coping skills. All the stuff I needed to know about HOW to quit.
And then I learned more. I learned things like how I was just a valuable as anyone else. I learned I had a voice and learned how to use it. I learned that I deserved to be smoke free. I learned that people really wanted to support me and I learned that I needed that support. I worked through some traumatic times in full view of my ex family. They didn't care that I was broken. They helped piece me back together.
I am a better person because of these people here, who accepted me long before I learned how to accept myself. They cared when I wasn't sure I did. They held me up when I fell apart. They kept the light burning (pir8fan and his saying) when I left...time after time.
It hit me yesterday when I saw the dissention how very much I love these people. How every much I love this site. I may have started my quit before I came back here in 2013....my quit needed me to be isolated and focused...but I had to come back to show them that their faith in me wasn't misplaced. That their help over the years did mean something. That their hopes for me weren't in vain. All that support, encouragement, hand holding, shoulder offering, cheerleadering from the elders and from the newbies at that time and from those who simply came and went like I did....led to me being better. A better quitter, a better friend, a better person. And I cannot thank you enough.
Thank you for never giving up on me. Thank you for seeing what was possible for me long before it became clear to me. Thank you for healing my shattered heart. Thank you for showing me the way. Thank you for reminding me that I did have it in me all along. Thank you.
I am honored to be considered an elder here. Because those elders before me are still my heroes. You really do know who you are I am humbled to be considered a friend to those whose faith in me carried me until I was able to stand on my own. I am thrilled to support this site and these people through their own life's journeys. And I will never forget what you did for me.
So there will be drama from time to time. There will be loss. There will be arguments. There will be pain. But there is strength and faith in this community that will withstand all to continue to light the way for all quitters who find this site. I know because a long time ago, I found this site, too....