29 Nov 2017
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I can relate to what you are saying. I, too, was known as a smoker. That was who I was for my whole life. At work, it even helped to forge my friendships, because of course, I became friends with all of the other smokers at work. And it never really dawned on me that someday I would quit.
But ultimately I did quit. A feeling just came over me that it was my time to quit, and I did. But it definitely took some getting used to. Even today, being a non-smoker for about 13 months, I still sometimes say to myself, "Oh yeah, I am a non-smoker", which can still feel a bit weird for me.
This addiction invades every aspect of our lives, which is why it is so difficult to quit. The quitting process is very complex, because not only do you deal with physical cravings, but you deal with emotional and psychological issues as well. And part of that is redefining who you are and what you are about. Who knew there would be so much involved when trying to quit smoking? Too much.
Anyways, congratulations on your 3 days smoke free. Keep the quit!