This is a personal request to any of you who may have the skills to help me. What I would like is some kind of widget for my sidebar that will keep count of the days from today’s date so I can track my progress.
I have been a chain smoker for the last 5 years, and have had ups and downs in my smoking over the past 22 years. Yes, read that again, 22 *&^% years of sucking nicotine and god knows what down my lungs.
I stopped on my birthday in 1998 for the first time but reacted badly to the patch and was sick as dog from nicotine poisoning. So I ripped it off.
I stopped on my birthday in 2004 and stayed off smoking for 7 weeks after that until the day I realized I needed to make changes in my life, professionally and geographically.
Well, 40 was always my landmark date for stopping smoking, except that one can’t really stop in Paris 🙂 Anyway, this was no big decision around picking the date today. It just came to me that I needed to do this, that I must do this, and that today was the day. So I listened, I really listened to the message I was being given – of course it doesn’t hurt that the message was sent in such an obvious way to a slow tubelight like myself.
I can’t walk with my sprained ankle down my street, which is on a 30 degree steep angle, and I have no cigarrettes at home. Now I could, of course, try. But that’s when I stopped and asked myself, as I was in the shower getting ready to go out, that here I am, my ankle is hurting and I am going to do what? Let’s just say the message was unequivocal and non-negotiable.