06 Feb 2020
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Hi again Mina,
So glad you came back to say hello.
I understand where you're coming from. You want to quit, but you're not quite there yet. That's okay. You'll get there in your own time and on your own terms. Quitting is hard, and you have to be properly prepared and all in. Please allow me to share my story.
I was the youngest of 11 kids. Everyone but 2 of my sisters smoked, and those two were the oldest and the first to move out. In those days, everyone smoked inside their homes. In addition, all of our friends and others we came into contact with smoked. Back then it was the thing to do. Consequently, for me, quitting hurt my lungs terribly. It wasn't the habit, it wasn't social, it was full on a physical addiction that I was afraid to fight. But I became increasingly embarrassed to smoke. The world has changed, and smoking is now socially unacceptable, for so many good reasons. So I vowed to quit.
I planned 6 months in advance. I went onto this site and did all of the questionnaires and exercises. I read up on all of the benefits of becoming a non-smoker. And I had a plan of attack. I decided to quit cold turkey no matter what, and I planned to quit when I was on vacation. I only made it to 7:00 p.m. that first day before I lit up. But 2 days later, I tried again, and that was it. I practically lived on this site, keeping in touch with all my friends in this forum, and they virtually dragged me through my quit. For me, the first month was hell, but after that, things started to get better. And as they say, the rest is history. I have now been a non-smoker for 3.5 years, and I couldn't be happier.
Mina, I want you to know that it IS possible to change your life. You may not be able to do it today, but there is always tomorrow. Keep quitting on your radar. Take a look at the info on this site, and on others. Make a list of all of the reasons why you want to quit. And above all else, know that you are not alone. We will all be here to help you, every step of the way.
I am rooting for you, Mina. You can do this, but you have to be ready, and you have to believe in yourself. I am sending positive vibes your way. You deserve to live life as a non-smoker. Stay safe.