Today is the 24th June - a special day for me as it is six months since I last smoked, or took any other form of nicotine. Six months of freedom!
So I'm posting in day one in the hope of encouraging a few of the lurkers to take the plunge and join us. I know there are plenty of folk who dip into this forum to read a few threads but feel the time isn't right to quit. I implore you to take the plunge - there is never a better time than now, but don't do it without educating yourself, as this is the key to success.
I always said when I took the decision to quit that I would not be counting the days, weeks or months, as (to me at least) that carried a hidden subtext of endurance - you've endured this many weeks / hours / seconds without your 'bestest fave buddy ever' - nicotine. For me that was never what quitting was about, but even so, having quit on Christmas Eve, it makes it hard to forget that today marks six months! For me, the key to quitting successfully was never about enduring this many days / weeks / months before you're 'cured' - it was about getting my head in the right place to understand that:
- nicotine is not your 'bestest fave buddy ever';
- quitting is a journey, not an end point. I'm still quitting, and always will be - but it's a journey which can be enjoyed rather than endured;
- life without nicotine is genuinely, massively, better than with.
There are some people who have quit for many months or even years, but are still feeling they are missing something - I could never be one of these people, I'm far too weak. For me, the key to success is understanding that these feelings are a complete illusion.
SO, all you lurkers - come and join us! There is nothing special about me, or any other quitter on this forum - let's be honest, we were all pretty stupid to start smoking in the first place. We were all once on day one, just as you are now. But we beat it, and you can too. How?
- by understanding the range of quit aids, how they work, and which one is right for you;
- by reading this forum and other online resources and understanding your addiction. Remember that we all have a common end goal but there is more than one way to get there. What works for some may not work for all, and most of what you read will be individual opinion rather than cold hard fact, so question everything you read, embrace those messages which work for you and ignore those which don't. As well as the quitting experiences threads, you'll find plenty of hidden gems in the tips & experiences areas which will make you stop and question yourself and provide genuine insight into what smoking really is;
- share your ups and downs on the forum and you'll find you have the best support network you can imagine.
Please join us, and I hope next Christmas Eve someone can post up on this forum 'I quit six months ago' - and I absolutely promise that if you are that someone you will feel fan-bloomin'-tastic. There is not one single aspect of your life which won't be improved - there's the obvious fitness / health / money but also little things - like the long-haul flight I'm undertaking next weekend. This time last year - a nightmare of deprivation; this year - (Bubbles Devere) 'more champagne dahling':D
To all my fellow Christmas Conquerors who are still with us - some a few days ahead of me, some a few days behind me - a genuine thanks for the support, and I hope I've been able to support others through my involvement on this marvellous forum.
That is all