I've had a few ideas for posts that ran along the lines of top 10 lists, however, I couldn't come up with 10 for all of them, so we'll go with 5.
The Top 5 things about being a non-smoker that suck
Oh, that's right. I may have forgotten to mention that to you guys, I used to smoke. In fact, I smoked for a very long time. As I moved to Minnesota, decided that it seemed as good a time as any to quit. That was fuckin' brilliant. On the other hand, I've made it some 10 weeks now with only a few cheats. Oh, and by the way
It's not easy. However, as my body goes through the rather painful detoxification process from some twenty odd years of injecting myself with some of the worst poisons known to man, I've noticed a few side effects that suck.
1. Everything stinks. When I was smoking, I had a diminished sense of smell. Before I started smoking I had a rather strong sense of smell. Now that I've quit, the sense of smell is starting to return, and it sucks. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING stinks. Especially my apartment building. And it's not just one stink, oh no. That would be too easy, I could get used to it. No there's one bad smell in the garage, another bad smell in the lobby (made worse by the fact that they're painting this week), yet another god awful smell in the elevator that smells a lot like people that don't bathe, and just for good measure, a horrid death-like stench in the hallway outside my apartment. Probably from the guy hanging leaves over his fucking door.
2. I'm hungry all the damn time. And I'm gaining weight like crazy. Last night I ate an entire box of Honey Nut Cheerios. Not one of them ever saw milk. Nicotine is an appetite suppressant. Guess what happens when you go off your appetite suppressant you've been on for twenty years?
3. I'm sleepy all the damn time. I suppose spending 20 years on a stimulant might tend to cause you to develop a certain tolerance to it. During the day I can't stay awake, and at night I can't sleep (note the time this was posted).
4. Stress. Cigarettes are a coping mechanism, and Nicotine reduces stress. Today is my first day off the patch, and I'm feeling some heightened stress.
5. I've got nothing to do after meals. I have to say, that was my favorite cigarette, the one that came after meals. When I've just eaten, that's when it's the hardest.
I don't know how tobacco companies managed to come up with such an insidious product. Even more surprising is how they seem quite sincere when stating that it isn't addictive or dangerous. I've heard cigarette addiction compared to heroin addiction. I can't attest to how hard it is to quit heroin, but this is by far the hardest thing I've ever done. Now I've got struggling with this for the rest of my life to deal with, because you never get over it. I'm still waiting for that magic payoff when I magically feel better and enjoy the smell of everything around me. Still waiting....