When we've reached our genuine self, there is no pretense.
You say what you're thinking without worrying about who's listening.
As a smoker we can sometimes become a politician until we get our cigarette.
(to the point of not listening.) :-)
aging...aging...learning what's important
A turn in front of the mirror helps us realize we no longer need vanity.
It is at that point, we have arrived.
We aren't competing for a job or someone's affection.
We are "self validating."
We are who we are, hopefully, well tempered by time,
we believe we have most of life's workarounds handled.
Part of quitting forever is learning to face our emotions.
I think that is also part of losing a quit.
As time passes we grow in acceptance and realize
SMOKING IS NOT REQUIRED.
If you're my age, you've been to the real circus more than once, with peanuts.
Wasn't that an experience?
So where can that vanity go? I say give it to the young.
They may feel they need it to compete. We are free.
Onward and Upward!