You would think this would mark the end of some kind of journey, but in reality, it is the start of another journey; one in which is repeated over and over again.
If I actually believed I didn't have to work at staying quit, I would have relapsed by now. Sure, some days are much easier than others. Many days I don't even think about smoking. In fact, I would say I think less about smoking and the majority of my time is spent thinking about anything but smoking. It is a good feeling. It is a great feeling!
Not thinking about smoking is very different to me than keeping my quit precious. I keep my quit precious every single day. I think about all the good things I am experiencing because I no longer smoke. I've blogged before about those things and the fact remains that I live those things on a daily basis whether I am actively thinking about it or not.
So one thing smokers always want to know when they hear you quit is how you did it. What did you do? Did you take Chantix? Did you use the patch? E-cigarettes? Gum? Sprays? Hypnosis? Acupuncture? Laser therapy? Alan Carr? I tried most of those methods at least once. I was begged and bribed to quit. NOTHING worked. So what magic method did I use?
This time it was Chantix, reading Alan Carr, and this community. But, in reality, Chantix, Alan Carr, and this community didn't quit for me. As I look back, the magic method is NOTHING.
The big secret is there is no secret. There is no effortless way to quit smoking. The sooner you stop looking for one and start quitting on your own the better. Reach out for support when you need it. Offer it when you can. It took me a while to figure that out which just shows I continue to learn and work hard everyday to stay quit. I don't want to quit being quit.