(1) that quitting was possible. I didn't really believe it. I am 60 years old and have (HAD!) been smoking heavily for 42 years. I was the typical "but I LOOOOVE smoking, I'm more addicted than everyone else" blah blah smoker. Well, here I am, 6 1/2 months clean. They were right: you CAN quit!
(2) that being a contributing member of QSMB would be an important part of a successful quit. Oh my yes! The information and education I have found on here, the help and motivation I have found on here, the validation I have found on here, and even the friendships I feel I have made on here.....not just important, but essential to where I am today. I will forever be grateful to QSMB and the people on here for helping to give me my life back. Old phartes right again!
(3) that it gets easier if you will just hang tough. Of course in month 1 everyone thinks they're gonna die from this, and nothing will ever be easy or good again. And then my months 4 and 5 freaked me out because I though it should be getting easier and it was rougher than ever.....but in month 7 really I'm sailing along and all I have to do is remember every day that NOPE is my life now. It's not that hard anymore. Chalk another one up for the old phartes.
(4) that one day smoking will just be something I used to do, nothing I even think much about most days. I'm not there yet - but I think I can see it in the distance. Since the old phartes have been so right so far, I'm just gonna believe them on this one too. I'm gonna keep believing and living the NOPE life, and believe that eventually smoking will mean nothing more to me than something gross I stupidly used to do.
Thanks to all the old phartes who hang around here giving their time and expertise and inspiration to we newbies!