Nostalgia is defined as a longing for the past often idealized and unrealistic; longing for something past; homesickness.
I do feel nostalgia for many things I've experienced in my life. However, not all memories qualify as nostalgia. Many rememberences and memories are good, some of them are painful, a few of them are bad and shameful. Smoking would not be in that first group, more appropriately I'd classify it in the last two. Is smoking a part of all those memories? Well, since I became addicted to nicotine from the time I was 9 smoking is as inseperable to my memories of life as nicotine is from tobacco. They will forever be a matched set. However, let me ask this question - Do you remember the day you graduated from grade school, high school, your first solo bike ride, your first kiss, the birth of your first child, your wedding day? Is the first thing you remember about these events is that you were a tobacco user?! When I remember great times in my life and friendships long gone I remember the good times and the friends, not that I smoked constantly (in the early years whenever I could sneak it in) because I had to feed my addiction. But maybe that's just my way of recalling memories.
Isn't recommending a controversial article like this one to a newbie a little like saying -
"Hello friend, welcome to Freedom, that's a really nice ball & chain you're dragging along there. Wanted to let you know there are two paths you can go by to find your Freedom & Comfort and get rid of that ball and chain*. On one path you put off making your final commitment to change. You'll get to wish and wonder, and yearn, and mope about what you're missing and drag around that ball & chain you're trying to get free of. Could make the journey a whole lot tougher but you'll find the process enirely doable with the right drive. After a while you'll wear that ball down to almost nothin. It'll get easier. I did find a key to get rid of the whole thing quite a ways down this path. I'm sure you'll find it too if you just stick with it and don't give up no matter what.
Now to walk on the other path you need to make a big and momentous decision. You need to make the commitment RIGHT NOW to get absolutely 100% comfortable with the decision to get rid of that ball and chain. I know you've had it with you for a long time and are pretty attached to it. Leave it behind, let it go. Don't need it anymore, didn't want it in the first place and I'll even bet you've wanted to get rid of that burden for a long, long time. Go ahead, take it off, here's the key to remove that shackle. Take this path, it's smooth easy walkin and the views and vista are spectacular as you travel. Go ahead, embrace and enjoy your walk to FREEDOM"
I'm forever grateful that I was lucky enough to find the path markers a few people were kind enough to leave behind that showed me there indeed was that second, smoother path.
That's my story and I'm stickin to it.
joejFree - Three months, one week, four days, 3 hours, 2 minutes and 30 seconds. 2528 cigarettes not smoked, saving $502.90. Life saved: 1 week, 1 day, 18 hours, 40 minutes.
*(OK I know we will NEVER totally get rid our addiction, that we don't beat it we learn to manage it, but in essence if we NTAP we will never wear that ball & Chain or have to drag it around with us again)