I was wondering around the site silently celebrating my three year quit when I came upon this thread. Wow!! I needed to read some of the thoughts in this thread. No matter how confident we become in our quit it is good to be reminded that we are and will always be an addict. I feel that sometimes I am overconfident in my quit because I so love not being a smoker. I love the freedom that has come with the quit that FREEDOM helped me to accomplish three years ago.
I so love not smoking that I have a difficult time believing that for so many years I inflicted my passion for smoking on the innocent people around me as well as on myself. Sometimes I feel myself slipping into overconfidence forgetting to acknowledge that I am an addict and must protect this quit daily. I love not smoking but know that there are still triggers and occasions that could be stronger then my joy in the freedom from smoking. New quitters, you will also love the freedom when you get past the beginning prangs of your quit. IT IS TRULY WONDERFUL. Just hang in there and before you know it three years will have past and you will be reminding yourself to be careful, stay on guard, because there will always be triggers old and new. Two months, one year, three years quit and we are still addicts. Love your quit, take pride in your quit, but always protect it carefully because it is a treasure worthy of care and protection. That is my resolve for this year of 2004.
Thank you Freedom and management. It is because of this site that I have been smokefree for 3 years 1 day 9 hours and 48 minutes. Hang in there new quitters. It is possible to live smoke free and to love it. Get your quit and guard it when you get it. Never take another puff.
Thanks again Freedom. Happy New Year Subie0 Quit 1-1-01