The Quit as a Long Train Trip

I'm on week 4 plus day 5 of my quit, and I wanted to say what a help this discussion group has been. This has been like getting on a train trip with a bunch of people I've never known--but we are all headed in the same direction.

When things get difficult I look in on those people in Days 1 through 7. It reminds me of how bumpy it was those first few days and I am reminded that I don't want to go through that again. It was like getting on the train and discovering it would be late leaving, and there weren't enough seats, and babies were crying, and it was hot and stuffy, and...well, you know the drill. Misery, when shared, doesn't make it any less miserable, only fractionally more bearable.

Once the journey had begun, I sometimes just wanted to get off the train and go back, but I reminded (and continue to remind) myself that once I started this trip, everything changed. If I went back, I would lose a little self respect and I would have wasted a lot of valuable time and energy on absolutely nothing.

I want to thank everyone who has shared their experiences here, because that has certainly helped me to realize that this "train trip" has no destination; it doesn't come to a stop and a conductor announce that we've arrived at that place called "Smoke Free". It is a process, not an event; a journey, not a destination; a transformation, not an endpoint.

The experiences you have shared here certainly make the journey less bumpy, less frantic, less stressful. In fact, the journey becomes enjoyable, and the scenery does get better, doesn't it?

Again, thanks.

Rob W

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  • your so right. i am one day behind you Rob and could never have put it as entertaining as you have. well done and stay strong.

  • Once the journey had begun, I sometimes just wanted to get off the train and go back, but I reminded (and continue to remind) myself that once I started this trip, everything changed. If I went back, I would lose a little self respect and I would have wasted a lot of valuable time and energy on absolutely nothing.

    I want to thank everyone who has shared their experiences here, because that has certainly helped me to realize that this "train trip" has no destination; it doesn't come to a stop and a conductor announce that we've arrived at that place called "Smoke Free". It is a process, not an event; a journey, not a destination; a transformation, not an endpoint.

    The experiences you have shared here certainly make the journey less bumpy, less frantic, less stressful. In fact, the journey becomes enjoyable, and the scenery does get better, doesn't it?

    Aw Rob let me tell you how lovely and insightful I think your post is -thanks so much for sharing this beautiful image with us - this is indeed like an unconventional train trip, with no destination apart from life at its fullest :)

  • Rob,

    What a fab description of our adventure!! I've been on this train for 10 weeks now and it there have been a few bumps and lots of travel sickness along the way, but the fellow passengers have been great and have kept me going.

  • well done....stay on the train though!

  • It was like getting on the train and discovering it would be late leaving, and there weren't enough seats, and babies were crying, and it was hot and stuffy, and...well, you know the drill. Misery, when shared, doesn't make it any less miserable, only fractionally more bearable.

    Once the journey had begun, I sometimes just wanted to get off the train and go back, but I reminded (and continue to remind) myself that once I started this trip, everything changed. If I went back, I would lose a little self respect and I would have wasted a lot of valuable time and energy on absolutely nothing.

    I want to thank everyone who has shared their experiences here, because that has certainly helped me to realize that this "train trip" has no destination; it doesn't come to a stop and a conductor announce that we've arrived at that place called "Smoke Free". It is a process, not an event; a journey, not a destination; a transformation, not an endpoint.

    The experiences you have shared here certainly make the journey less bumpy, less frantic, less stressful. In fact, the journey becomes enjoyable, and the scenery does get better, doesn't it?

    Hi there!! Welcome to the forum and what a great insight you have shared! Thank you. 568

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