That quitting smoking is doable, even after 45 years.
That I'm not "more addicted" than the next smoker.
That it's not nearly as hard as I thought it would be.
That the craves are manageable.
That I would feel such pride in my accomplishment.
That I would have energy again.
That I could actually love to exercise.
That I can see a smoker and pity them rather than envy them.
That time does take away any desire for a cigarette.
That I can feel better at 63 than I did at 43.
That there is a life of freedom I didn't know existed.
That it's never too late to quit.
That I could my life healthier in all aspects.
That I never really liked smoking, I just thought I did.
Yes, I wish someone would have told me all of these things. So, to anyone who is thinking of quitting, or has just quit, I am telling YOU. Quitting is the best gift you could ever give yourself. Don't let your fear stop you from seeing the reality of this addiction. Don't hide behind your excuses. You can quit. It's not as hard as you think it will be. And it's not nearly as hard as continuing to smoke.