posted on Dec, 5 2005 @ 02:44 PM
The more you quit and fail, the better chance that someday you'll quit and succeed.
I tried many times and failed, and finally, at 4:30 pm June 28, 2002, I quit and succeeded.
As a side issue, i'd always hated those reformed smoker a**holes and swore that I'd never be one of them myself. For two years, I never tried to be
judgemental to smokers, figuring that we'd all have to quit sometimes, and why make it harder on anyone?
Then last year, I found out I had emphysema.
It's not going to kill me, and, by keeping on my diet and exercise regimen, I will probably not end up dragging one of those ^%(^%#^ oxygen tanks
around. So far, it hasn't gotten in the way of my normal activities, which include long walks, some moderate hikes in the mountains, and lots of
But it will slow me down, and probably will take several years off my life (hopefully not for twenty years or so, but even so...!).
I'd not been a big smoker by some measurements, having smoked a pack a day for almost 40 years. When I quit, cigs were about $3 a pack; now I
understand they're about $3.50. This means, since I've quit smoking, I've saved about $4,375, which adds up to a complete scuba outfit (including
dive computer) for $1500, a 3-GHz PC for $1500, a Ruger M-77 in .308 with a good scope for $750, and ... but you can figure it out yourself. What
do you want that you can't afford because cigarettes stole your money?
If you fail, try again. Think $5000 in savings, or think how nice it would be not to be a sexual turn-off to people who might be intersted in you, or
think how cool it is not to lug around that cursed oxygen tank.