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Year 2…and counting…

Around this time last year, I posted about my 1 year anniversary of giving up those wicked little sticks I’d depended upon for more than half of my life.  The focus of those posts was what had and hadn’t worked, since 2 years ago wasn’t the first, second, or even 8th time I’d given up smoking.  This morning, though, out for a run with Chris (during which, incidentally, my lungs didn’t hurt one bit), I got to thinking about a seminal point in my last so-far-successful attempt.  That moment so deeply affected my success to this point – and quite a lot of other things in my life, to be honest – I thought it warranted a post all its own.

As a manager at the Y, I had what I thought of as the A-Team for a little while.  There were hiccups, of course – sick leave, temporary transfers, etc.  But when we were a team – and, really, it was more about when they were a team – it was magical.  Three very different women with such remarkably disparate gifts to offer, I couldn’t have hand-picked a better trio.  The eldest of them, C, was – is – an extraordinary person.  Her life could fill not less than three novels, and her experience was infused with a depth of understanding the rest of us were and are still working on.

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1 Year In…What Did Work.

It’s probably true that one of the biggest obstacles to quitting smoking is all of the hype that surrounds it…and ironically, a lot of that hype is geared to support people through the process.  My friend Kevin once (Who am I kidding?  More like fifty thousand times) told me that the trick wasn’t to quit smoking…rather it was to become a nonsmoker.  This was incredibly sage advice, but I wasn’t hearing any of it, in large part because nonsmokers telling us to quit, or why we should quit, just doesn’t work.  Even if they were smokers before.  That said, when the time is right and the smoker in question does take the plunge, a lot of that great advice comes in handy.

Having been smoke free for a year now, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on what I did wrong all those years…and what I did right this time around.  As previously mentioned, these lists are exclusively the product of my own personal experience, and it just might be balderdash to everyone else out there.  Bear in mind, if you’re a smoker, I’m not telling you to quit…only you will know when the time is right, and rushing it, or doing it for somebody else…well, it didn’t work for me (although that didn’t make it to my previous list…maybe it should have?).  I think this is more about planting seeds…thinking about something is the first step in making that thing a reality, and thinking about becoming a nonsmoker in a healthy, positive way…well, like I said, it’s only a start.

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1 Year In…What Didn’t Work.

So as of a few days ago, it’s officially been fully one year since I resolved to quit smoking.  Yes, I realize that most people would celebrate their actual quit date, but these things are never really that simple, as any smoker will tell you.  This is, for me, a massive milestone in my life…the whole premise of “what if and why not” is for me this idea of life’s endless possibilities…I have known for a very long time that I would be severely limiting my own life’s possibilities if I couldn’t kick the habit.  So in light of that, I’m dedicating two posts to my process…maybe it will help a couple of people, maybe it’s just therapeutic for me.  Maybe a bit of both.  Whatever the case, please bear in mind that these are things that worked for me, and every person’s journey to any new stage in their life is unique.

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