~~It's funny how we outgrow what we once thought we couldn't live without, and then we fall in love with what we didn't even know we wanted. Life keeps leading us on journeys we would never go on if it were up to us. Don't be afraid. Have faith. Find the lessons.~~ Unknown
And so it is even with smoking. We don't think we can live without it. Some don't really want to live without it. But then we quit. And slowly we emerge from the smoke and the smell and the poison and the addiction....and then life catches our attention! We found out that we can sing beautifully!! Or maybe we are in the midst of a cluttered home overhaul!! Or maybe we went back to school and find out that we love it!! Some are busy repairing broken relationships...finding self-love...enjoying nature...starting a new, exciting job...life itself has endless possibilities for adventure and growth and journeys.
And if our families didn't 'pressure' us to quit smoking? If the studies didn't catch our attention? If society didn't frown upon it? If it didn't cost so much? If it were up to us alone? Would we be here?
Don't be afraid of your quit. It is opening up life that would otherwise be passed by in a haze of smoke. Because addiction robs us of so many beautiful, wonderful, interesting paths. Not saying that smokers by any means lead boring lives....just lives that are interrupted by 'just one' 20 to 40 times a day. Hiking? lets take a break so I can smoke. Painting? I'm just going to step outside for a moment. Cleaning house? Boy, do I deserve to sit down and smoke.
Quitters, on the other hand, move from one adventure to the next not worrying about 'just one'. Quitters can flow from one activity to the next. Quitters can relax with a cup of coffee and a good book. Yoga and nature. A garden and sunshine.
Let life take you by the hand and show you adventure! Let life engage you in living your wildest dreams! Let life help you fulfill your goals. Don't be afraid to turn towards living smoke free. It's glorious
And during those times that are not so glorious...during the hard times...the sad times...the less than good times...let life comfort you. Support you. Help you through. There is no need to hurt yourself by smoking. The hard time will still be present when you're done with that cigarette. It changed nothing. It healed nothing. It hurt you.
Don't be afraid of your quit...life is waiting for you. Go play