Sunday, September 24, 2006

semantics

So, you're trying to quit smoking, and your quit date is Sept 23d. Does that mean that you quit on that day (perhaps a full day of smoking, setting them aside sometime before midnight)? Or does that mean no smoking at all on the 23d.

I feel that it's the former. My husband felt it was the latter. Anyway, I suppose we both agree that there's not to be any smoking on the 24th. And there hasn't been.

I haven't killed anyone in my withdrawal pangs and short, short temper, yet. My nerves are going jingle, jangle, jingle - then screaming for nicotine. My lungs are missing that smoky, smoke - I feel a tightness in my chest - wanting that expanding power of a nice full drag on a Marlboro Red.

3 comments:

jen said...

you hear a lot about the "terrible threes" (3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months being traditional stumbling blocks for people trying to quit) but they only have as much power as you give them.

you WILL miss it... but not forever. and then there will come a day when you forget to think about "not smoking". hold on until then.

but then, you already know all this ;)

genderist said...

Be strong! You can do it!

joe public said...

Eleven years and one month ago, I quit smoking. The period since then is just slightly longer than the period from my first cigarette to my last, and that feels pretty darn good.