I can finally say that I am a true blue, dinky die, non smoker!
Well there you go. I’ve gone and done it. I‘ve managed to join the millions, no, make that hundreds of millions, of happy ex smokers who have successfully quit smoking for more than twelve months.
Three hundred and sixty five days, seems to be the norm when it comes to determining whether or not a person’s quit campaign has been successful, and having finally reached that point, I am somewhat inclined to agree. After all, I had consistently encountered those pesky on again, off again, walls of craving right through to around the ten month mark.
Needless to say, those walls have come to a halt. At worst, I now encounter nothing more than a slight flashback. No cravings, just a painless reminder now and then that I used to be a smoker. What truly stands out though, is not the fact these walls have finally broken down, but rather I no longer have a shred of quitter’s remorse.
For so long it had been there, a persistent thought in the back of my mind telling me I missed being able to relax and not concern myself with the frustrations of quitting. I am sure most quitters are familiar with the feeling of envy that often occurred upon seeing smokers go about their business without a care in the world.
Sure, there may have been days it was weaker than others, but it was always there and I was always pushing it away. Forcefully reminding myself of everything I had learned, everything I had gained and everything I would lose if I gave that thought a voice.
At some point over the past two months that thought vanished, and today, I can finally say that I am a true blue, dinky die, non smoker!
I don’t think about them when I wake up.
I don’t think about them when I have a coffee.
I don’t think about them between tasks.
I don’t think about them when feeling stressed.
I don’t think about them when driving.
I don’t think about them when I come out of the movies.
I don’t think about them when socializing.
I don’t think about them during ad breaks.
I don’t think about smoking.