Nicotine would like you to believe that when you quit smoking, you are essentially giving up your youth and becoming an old person.
However, in the long run, the opposite turns out to be true.
Part of the reason why I kept relapsing over and over and over was that I was clinging onto the idea in my head that once I quit, I was no longer the younger version of myself.
I was no longer young.
Now I had to be responsible, have no fun, and be an adult.
So if and when I did quit, I was essentially throwing away all the good times I had as a teenager and in my 20’s.
But I didn’t want to throw those things away, regardless of my age, so nicotine persuaded me enough times to not give up smoking.
So I continued to smoke.
But that’s just it. I was still getting older regardless, and I was becoming more unhealthy by the year. The longer you smoke, the less energy you’ll have in the long run.
Of course as a smoker, you really can’t tell how much energy smoking is zapping from your body until you finally quit. You’ll never know until you try.
But, because I was so disillusioned by the effects of nicotine, I continued to be a smoker.
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During those last days, I was clinging on and clinging on, and I don’t even know why.
Clearly I wasn’t as healthy as years before. Clearly I had less energy than when I was in my 20’s.
But I was sick of holding onto that idea.
I was scared what might happen if I never quit, and the physical effects of tobacco smoke were becoming quite apparent.
I was getting chest pains.
I didn’t believe nicotine anymore. I didn’t believe its theory of “keeping me young” by continued smoking.
I knew it wasn’t cool, and I definitely knew it wasn’t keeping me young, healthy, and vital.
It was destroying me, both physically and psychologically.
I had to stop.
When I finally quit, the positive effects were almost immediately, and by that I mean by the end of the first day!
You go from smoking 20 cigarettes a day to zero, and even though the physical withdrawal is horrendous on that first day, underneath that all is a breath of fresh air.
Your mindset is moving in a forward direction as well.
A few days after that, and my energy level was through the roof! It really is the difference between night and day.
How could I have been so stupid all those years?
Well, nicotine is a very powerful force, and it will stop at nothing to try to get you to smoke. I fell for that trap so many times, but I’m glad that nightmare is over with.
It was all a lie.
Sure, you have to go through 3 weeks of physical withdrawal, which is pretty horrendous. I will not lie to you.
Parts of it are just horrible, with the anxiety attacks, the physical chest pains, and the intense mood swings.
But all of that is nothing when you compare the positive benefits once you quit.
You’ll literally jump out of bed every morning before your alarm goes off, your teeth will be whiter, your skin will become more clear, you’ll sleep better, you’ll save tons of money, you’ll be more confident and have more self-esteem.
The list literally goes on and on forever.
All this newly found energy will, in fact, make you feel younger!
I bet you’ll feel 10 years younger when you quit. That’s how much energy you’ll have, and that’s what you’re missing out on if you continue to smoke and destroy your life.
They think smoking is the way to go and that it’s cool. It was never cool. All it did was make you stink and become an addict and slave for life.
It sounds so harsh to say that but that’s all you’ll become, at the end of the day.
It never did anything for you besides make you unhealthy.
So when you quit smoking, you are not “giving up your youth” at all. Don’t listen to the persuasive arguments of nicotine in your head.
You will feel 10 years younger, and you’ll have so much energy and want to be so active and do all these things, that you just won’t believe why it took you so long in the first place.
Stop right now and join in on the fun of life. You will never regret it. I promise you that.