I know all of my smoking buddies are probably just as sceptical as they read this. You think life will never be quite as enjoyable without smoking, right?
Just hear me out.
I was having a drink at Aandklas a few weeks ago when my smoking friend said: “So I see you’re a tree hugger now?”
“Yup,” I answered.
Not surprising that most smokers see environmentalists as a joke, now that I think about it.
People who know me personally know that my life has changed drastically in the past few months. I’ve only realised now that all of the positive stuff that’s started to happen in my life started happening after I stopped smoking. It’s now been almost six months since my last puff.
I tried unsuccessfully around 30 times before I actually managed to quit. The few months that I tried and failed repeatedly were months of utter despair for me. If you don’t believe me, just ask my girlfriend or family members. I really wasn’t fun to be around and I wouldn’t wish the feeling on my worst enemy.
Eventually, after reading Allen Carr’s “Easy Way to Stop Smoking” at least twice and attending Smokenders twice I had the light bulb moment- smoking was doing absolutely nothing for me. It wasn’t even helping me to relax or making me look cool.
Time for the cheesiness…
Since I quit smoking I’ve really learnt to love myself again. Think about this: How can you possibly say that you love yourself when you’re intentionally inhaling cancer-triggering tar into your lungs?
Loving myself seems to have tremendously increased my ability to love others, with others including all beings in nature.
However, me becoming a “tree hugger” doesn’t have everything to do with quitting smoking. The whole anti-civilization thing started in October last year after reading an article in Men’s Health called “Recapture Your Wild Side” (http://bit.ly/bnsuoc )
It’s been a complete revolution for me since the day I read that article. Although I only became a non-smoker later, being free from nicotine has certainly increased that love for nature.
I have such a lust for life right now, and a lot of it is thanks to the fact that I’ve “kicked the habit”. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!
I can see some of you shaking your heads right now. Yup, I too was and occasionally still am a bit of a cynical bastard.
One thing I’ve realised however is that by helping others you’re actually helping yourself. In the past I dismissed this as a lame cliché. Now I know it’s true. There’s no greater happiness than working for something bigger than yourself.
That’s my deep and potentially cheesy musing for the day. Over and out.
“Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your vocation.” - Aristotle