"I came back to Bombay after finishing my dentistry and hadn't met my friends in over 5 years. Once we were chilling and some of my friends were smoking. I asked if I could try one, to see what the fuss was. I coughed after taking a drag and gave it back… but it didn't stop there.
That one puff become one stick and eventually a pack. While travelling, after lunch, with friends, or on trips -I'd keep smoking. I even had a fixed schedule of when and how many cigarettes I'd smoke each day. I never told my family, but they knew I was smoking. They never asked me to quit because they knew I'd have to stop myself.
I was 3 years into this habit when I met my girlfriend. We were working at the same clinic and slowly our friendship turned into love. I'd told her that I smoked, but not how many. She didn't like it, but never forced me to quit. By then, I was a full blown addict. I tried quitting, but I'd always go back in a few days.
Looking at my state I knew I needed to do something, before it's too late. All the years of smoking had finally caught up. Worried faces of my parents, girlfriend, and friends kept circling in my head. I decided then and there, that quitting was the only option.
But it wasn't easy. The cravings and withdrawal symptoms were unmanageable! I stopped meeting my friends because I didn't want to be tempted to smoke. Every other day I'd think of smoking, even if it was just one cigarette.
This one time when I thought I won't make it, she said, 'There are people who love you and whose lives are connected to yours. Every decision of yours impacts us even if it doesn't seem like it.' These words and her unwavering support got me through my toughest times and today, I'm 3 years clean!
My true test came when someone gave me a lit cigarette to hold and I didn't even for a second, want to smoke it. I realised then, that you can cross any hurdle you wish to - as long as you have the support of the ones you love, because with their belief... you can overcome any battle."
Humans of Bombay, Fb
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