29 Nov 2017
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Well, I made it back from Mexico safe and sound. Whew, so happy. I am not terribly fond of flying, but it was worth it. I had a great trip.
So I was away for a week, and I only saw 4 smokers that whole time. It was really clear to me that smoking is just not socially acceptable any more. And oh my goodness, was I ever glad that I quit when I did. I spent so much time in the airport, because being an international flight, you have to get there 3 hours early. And for the very first time, I had no cravings while waiting for my flight. And I could relax on the airplane without having my lungs start to ache. And waiting for baggage was fine. And I hopped right into an airline limo, without having to light up outside to get my fix first. Holy cow, such freedom!
Now I will admit that I did get 2 cravings when I was socializing with my family and friends. But they were really fleeting, and were also really mild. My lungs still act up sometimes, thinking they want a cigarette. But I know that if I had one now, my lungs would burn and I would cough like mad. In other words, it would not be the nirvana this addiction makes you crave. I have a feeling that I will always have moments from time to time, and I am just going to have to keep resisting. But it is so worth it. Being a non-smoker rocks!
For those of you who travel, just wait until you go away for the first time as a non-smoker. Trust me, you will love it! It is yet another benefit of quitting.