Three years ago, I was you. Knowing that I should probably quit smoking but not believing I could do it. I "enjoyed" smoking. I was more addicted than other people. I wasn't strong enough.
Two years, eight months ago, I was you. I had found this board and I started reading. I started thinking maybe I could actually do this. But I wasn't sure yet.
Two years, two weeks, and 6 days ago, I was you. It was my first day quit and I was scared to death. I just wished I could go to sleep and wake up at 72 hours when the nicotine had left my system. It seemed like forever.
Two years, two weeks, and 3 days ago I was you. I actually hit that magic three day mark! I couldn't believe that I had gone that long without a cigarette. I looked at the members here with three months quit and I thought that could actually be me. I thought maybe I could really do this. Maybe.
Two years ago, I was you. I was starting to feel human again. I found myself going hours without thinking about a cigarette. I got glimpses of "normal", but it was a new normal, a better normal. I still looked at all those Old Phartes here as super humans. But they kept telling me I could, so I just kept believing.
One year, two weeks, and 6 days ago, I was you. It had happened! I crossed that magic one year mark. I was one of "them". A person I never believed I could be. Not just a nonsmoker, but a happy nonsmoker! I had people looking up to ME. I was telling people to just trust me, it gets better. I was looking back at my journey and realizing it hadn't been that hard after all. I finally believed everything I had been told.
Wherever you are in your quit at this very moment, one of us has been there. We understand how you're feeling. We know that some days quitting seems next to impossible. But it's not, because we did it. We weren't stronger, or braver, or smarter. We were't less addicted. We just believed when we were told we could do this. We believed when we were told it gets better. We believed it would all be worth it. Now it's your turn to believe. In us, but more importantly, in yourself.