While not a lifelong smoker, I've certainly had my share of cigarettes in three separate timeframes. First time, the habit lasted about 13 years. After a few years of being quit, I picked it up again, and that lasted another 10 years, if my memory serves. After several years smoke-free, I fell off the wagon again, and this time it took six years to quit, which is where I am right now.
I'm in my tenth smoke-free month, and just realized this will be my first smoke-free Christmas in seven years. Joy to the world!
I've had a very rough year which I've chronicled elsewhere. I'm spending the holidays alone. The year has been such a challenge, that if I had known what was coming, I would have said there was NO way I could successfully quit smoking. My nicotine-stained brain would have convinced me to wait for a better time. But you know what?
THERE IS NO BETTER TIME TO QUIT THAN RIGHT NOW, NO MATTER WHAT'S HAPPENING.
I would not have thought I could be successful. But I am. I'm ten months into it. I think I'm going to make it, this time forever. I may be a slow learner but I DO learn eventually!
So, when I get a bit down about the setbacks I've been dealt this year, I try to remind myself of my great victory - I quit smoking. No matter what has happened or will happen, I'm a success at one very important thing: I quit smoking.
Happy holidays, everyone. And you newcomers? You can do this too. You can make your own story a success story. Trust me - if I can do it, you can do it!