Kate, Thanks for reminding me why I stay smoke free. After many years of abstaining, I tried to smoke a cigarette the other day, trying to smoke down some anger out of deeply ingrained habit, and I felt like I was stealing breath from my self. I was choking myself off. It was such a visceral experience. My head was not involved at all, unlike the reasons to quit that I have written down many times. I knew with my body, heart and soul that I was harming myself and I was ready to stop. And just like I would never steal breath from a child, I will not steal it from myself.
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