Between you and me now shhhhh .... has one of these thoughts ever crossed your mind?
"Just one cigarette and no one will ever know ? "
"No one will ever see this but me? "
"Just one and then I’ll get serious about my quit ? "
" I’ll just smoke this butt , thats all . "
" Just this one measly butt ; one measly puff , maybe two ? " Have you ever looked for the one that will give you more puffs ? Went frantically looking for "just one" ?
THAT IS YOUR WARNING SIGN ,
That is the RED FLAG thats telling you that your quit is in danger ! You are headed the wrong way ! Your quit is on JEOPARDY STREET !
ROMANCE STREET is the first sign you will come across if you are headed there .
QUITTING STREET is a one way street . If you are facing traffic ... look out ! You are headed the WRONG WAY .
THERE IS good news :
U turns are allowed on QUITTING STREET but turning back from where you came is NOT. You see , your vehicle doesn't have a reverse gear . I took that out ... lol , sorry . You can however turn around anytime .
Be careful though because more than you think have gotten lost on QUITTING STREET . Be sure to follow those who are going in the right direction .
Its unfortunate that there has been more than one driver confused by the signs on QUITTING STREET , you are not alone . What happens is they detour on GIVE UP STREET when they should have taken KEEP GOING street . Many crashes could have been avoidable had they read the sign .
You are the driver of a beautiful journey ahead . You are the driver that will take you to the city of DONE . You choose the mode of transportation . Car , bike , motor bike , semi . You choose to drive slow or fast . Speed limit in this imaginary story is not a factor . There are no fines . However smoking is heavily fined and the cost is high .wheres the money going ? It's in BIG T's pocket.
On this journey there will be hills and mountains to climb where you'll need to step on the gas going up and brake going down . There will be curves with some pretty tight corners and of course there will be construction , LORDY Lordy , lots of construction ( what good road doesn't lol ) and the weather may be a factor too but being in DONE CITY everything is worth it .
You can choose your route . You can choose to go via Romance Road many many times but I'll tell ya that's the long way. It could take years .
You can also go on CIRCLE DRIVE . That the over and over again route . Up to to you but the quickest way to DONE City is A VERY clear cut simple route .
Follow the signs to FREEDOM RD then to DO IT RD and your there : DONE CITY .
Look out for ROMANCE STREET , GIVE UP STREET and SIDE TRACK CAFE.
Maki / sjl 2020
This story was inspired by a video on u tube called "Leaving the city of regret ". I highly recommend watching it .
It was also inspired by Angel lady who posted that version in print on the Q years and years ago .
This is my version to fit us all quitting smoking . I started it way back just several years into my quit and have revised it several times over the years . It's been fun to play with , but last night it all came together . I think now it's DONE . I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I had fun writing it , but mostly I hope in some way it helps with your quit and that it continues to be a reminder to us all that a road well travelled and worth the trip is to DONE CITY .
Have a great smoke free day .
Maki / sjl.