Hello all, my name is Chas and I am twenty-five years old. I am a nicotine addict. I've been inspired and humbled reading through the other posts here at Freedom. And to be honest, was really proud to become part of the group after having waited out my first 72 hours.
I began smoking with friends at 17. By 18 I was smoking nearly a pack-a-day but because I was playing soccer in college, I substituted to two cans of chewing tobacco per day. For the past two years I smoked a pack a day and only chewed irregularly. Like so many other people here, a feeling of angst and disgust and enthusiasm came over me last wednesday and I decided to quit. I chose Friday at midnight and appropriately did my research. On Friday evening, as I was hanging up signed notes I left myself about the reasons I was quitting, I stumbled upon Whyquit and was immediately drawn to Joel's wealth of knowledge and unique perspective. I knew, in my gut, that he was right: never take another puff.
In any case, I'm 4 Days and 6 Hours quit and the patches and gum I bought last week are sitting unopened in my closet! That sure feels good.
I've been devouring the emotional/psychological resources at Whyquit and here in the forum the past few days. The crux of the physical withdrawals has passed but I've been riddled with this slow-paced underlying loneliness and sadness. It's as if I have a hard time imagining every being excited about things again. Of course, I know this won't be the case and that as I approach my triggers and begin to see more clearly what Nicotine has been doing to my body, I will strengthen psychologically.
I'm happy to be here, and look forward to learning everything I can from everyone's inspiration stories. And maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to help others in the future.
My reasons for quitting (hanging up around my apartment, signed and dated):
I quit because I want to die of old age.
I quit because I want to ask my girlfriend to marry me.
I quit because I want people to see me as a leader.
I quit because I want to run a marathon.
I quit because I want to feel the withdrawals.
Although my eight years of smoking feels like an eternity, I am so grateful to have found this resource and made this decision early.