29 Nov 2017
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The older I get, the more I appreciate how precious life is, and also how fleeting. When we are young, the time goes so slowly. Summer vacation seemed to be never ending, and we secretly yearned to go back to school. But as we age, time just goes faster and faster. Sometimes in my heart, I still feel like a teenager, but the reality is that I am past the mid-point of my life. And I wasted so much of my time and my health smoking.
I quit just over two years ago. When I look at my stats, I would have smoked over 20,000 cigarettes. Over 20,000, can you believe it? How disgusting. But what makes me really happy is that I have gained over 200 days of life. There is still so much I want to see and do, so I need every day that I can get. I can spend those days travelling, playing with my great nieces and nephews, or hanging out with my friends. I can go to the theatre, the museum, or take a walk in the park. I have earned every one of those days and I plan to enjoy them. There is no time to lose.
When you start to struggle during your quit, take a moment to think about life and how precious it is. Think about the people and things that you value most. You may find that that is just what you need to keep you on the straight and narrow.