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The Day That Changed My Life

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The Day That Changed My Life I smoked for 38 years but it took me a moment to stop. No, it is not a joke; yet at the same time it is not completely as simple as that. This is my story. Everything started with my first kiss. Yes, he was a smoker, and in addition to all the pleasures that a kiss can give there was a new to me irresistible masculine aroma which made the kiss unforgettable. Being haunted by the strong impression of the smell and the taste of a cigarette, and in desperate attempt to retrieve, at least, something of that date on a physical level, I stepped onto the forbidden territory and lit MY cigarette. Now, looking back and realizing with astonishment that I smoked two thirds of my life, I experience mixed feeling about smoking. ...read more.


I became addicted straight away; I did not have any second thoughts about giving up. I enjoyed smoking in the company, with my boyfriends and on my own. I never smoked walking along the streets but when I felt like smoking I would find a bench in the park or in some yard and have my cigarette as a reward, a push, and a break or as my drug. When I was fifty, my life slowed down. I was content with where and how I lived, the pressures of work were in the past; I did not have any major money problems. That was the time when I discovered that a crouching thought in my mind raised its head and asked me a question: "Are you tired of smoking?" When I started considering this question I also realised that my smoking lacked the sparkles of the first love or true companion and only had bare habitual properties. ...read more.


During the two months I expressed my deepest gratitude to thousands of cigarettes that I had smoked, I thanked God for everything related to the cigarettes in my life. I also waved a farewell to all that like a retiring person says good buy to his colleagues. In 2005 on February the twelfth at five o'clock in the afternoon I had my last cigarette and promised God I would not smoke again. I haven't smoked since. The problem of giving up smoking is the concern of many smokers, doctors, researchers and politicians. It is global, local and, what is the most important, individual problem. Unfortunately, under the burden of life pressure a human being has "no time to stand and stare" inside of himself. It takes a moment to extinguish the last cigarette but it takes a lot of time to get ready for that. However, this final journey is worth making. ...read more.

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