Hi all y'all. It dawned on me today that it has been quite awhile since I posted anything to this board. About time I contributed a little back to the place that helped me thru my hard times on the road to Freedom. I do come by and I see all the new folks joining in and posting and it is encouraging that there are so many people realizing the benefits of quitting.
So I thought....How good DOES it feel? And I am asking all you Silver and Gold members, those of you who have been quit long enough to know...just how good does this feel? Let's hear it, let's let everyone here know just how great this is, how so very WORTH IT it is to continue on the road to Freedom, to never EVER take another puff. To NOT be tied to this addiction, to not be tied to a need to feed it, to be able to breathe and smell and taste the world as God meant us to. To take a deep breathe without a rattle in the lung or a cough at the end or a wheeze when you breathe. Freedom means more than just freedom from this addiction, it means freedom from all the baggage that comes with it.
Am I free of my addiction? No! I am a nicotine addict, I will be all my life. So are you. But as long as you and I don't feed this addiction, we am as close to being free as we can be and rest assured, I am as free as I can be.
Why am I writing? What inspired me to do this? Chuckle...well, lemme tell ya. I got a little jolt the other night. I had "the smoking dream". Now I am almost 4 years quit, I have absolutely NO desire to smoke or partake of ANY tobacco products, yet two nights ago, I had that dream....woke up in a sweat wondering if I had somehow wandered off the path. Nope, didn't happen. But it got me thinking about this and so here I am, telling y'all.
A quit is a fragile thing, you must protect it. It is YOUR quit and only YOU can keep it...or loose it. Don't be discouraged tho if from time to time you have a craving, or a dream...it's gonna happen...it passes...and you are better and stronger for it.
There were many people who helped me in the early days of my quit, most notably John. But all you others know who you are and I am grateful to all of you for your support and guidance.
To all the new folks....READ....POST....READ....POST....oh, and most importantly...NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF. Sometimes you gotta go minute to minute, whatever it takes, please, stay strong, stay focused, stay motivated and stay healthy. Believe me when I say, this feels GREAT ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Al - I have chosen to remain smoke free for 3 years, 9 months, 3 weeks, 6 days, 2 hours, 0 minutes and 55 seconds. I have not smoked 55843 cigarettes and have kept $9,968.04 out of the pockets of Big Tobacco. I will be around to ride my motorcycle, pester my kids and spend their dwindling inheritance for another 27 weeks, 4 days, 21 hours, 35 minutes.