"Before enlightenment, we chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment, we chop wood and carry water."
After quitting, the world does not stop.
Quitting did not write my papers for me. Quitting did not make my mother change her attitude towards me. Quitting did not eliminate my health problems. My best friend will continue to smoke despite my quit. My professors will continue assigning stressful homework despite my quit. Quitting did not do the dishes or the laundry, and quitting did not drive me to my job so I wouldn't have to walk and smoke. Quitting did not cancel all parties and close all smoky bars. Quitting did not wake me up in the morning so I didn't need coffee, and quitting did not take the place of a glass of wine after dinner with a cigarette.
Life goes on in precisely the same way, and yet everything is different.
Quitting took the suicide out of all of my daily acts. Quitting put my life back into my own hands. Triggers are endless; my mother (who has not smoked for 15 years) still occasionally mentions that for some reason, she suddenly would like a cigarette. But quitting gave me back my freedom to choose.
. . .just read that quote somewhere, and it really meant something to me. . .
I have chosen not to smoke for 3 Weeks 4 Days 21 Hours 36 Minutes 37 Seconds. Cigarettes not smoked: 414. Money saved: $103.60.