This past weekend was a big anniversary for me.
My 1 year smoke-free anniversary!
Yes, it's been a whole year since I picked up a cigarette!!!
I've never been a big smoker. I used to smoke a cigarette when things weren't going so well in my life and I was really stressed. I'd have 1-2 cigarettes a day for about a week and then I'd throw the rest of the pack away. I've never smoked an entire pack of cigarettes.
The legal age to smoke in Japan is 20, but...yeah, you get my drift. I'm 27 now. You can do the math.
My best friend has a huge impact on my life. He is the one person I can talk to about anything, good or bad. He would tell me he was proud of me when I did well, something no one has every said to me, even my parents (yeah, typical Asian parents - I know you guys understand!)
One day, when I was having a lot of trouble at work, I told him I wanted to smoke again. He then told me something I didn't know before - that a few years ago he had lost his father to lung cancer. He said to me, "I've lost one person I love to cigarettes. I don't want to lose another."
That was all it took.
A few days ago, someone at work who I used to smoke with offered me a cigarette. They were really expensive cigarettes (like x10 the normal cost) that someone had given him. I realized then that I hadn't smoked in an entire year. I could look him in the eye and say, "No thanks, I've quit smoking and I've been smoke-free for an entire year."
If you are one of the lucky people who has never given in to the temptation of smoking, I applaud you. Staying smoke-free has been very difficult to me. I did not think I was hooked on to nicotine since I was never a heavy smoker and I never had trouble throwing away a pack of cigarettes. What I didn't realize was how the addiction was really in my head more than in my body.
It's still hard not to smoke when someone offers me a cigarette. But I know that my best friend will be there for me so that I don't give in. And I know I will not smoke again.
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