Piggybacking off of what Penguin said.....
When I first came to QSSN, before I was SURE that I wanted to quit and SURE that I could do it and SURE I had the will to do so, I remember going through the makings of my account... When the site asked me when I wanted to make my quit date, I thought, "Oh, New Year's sounds good, I'll just enjoy myself and quit as a resolution then. Maybe I can use this site to prepare for my eventual cold turkey leap-off."
It is easy to see how unbelievably deep and manipulated I was by Nicotine when I first came to QSSN.
I made my first timid post in the cafe, sometime in May or June, asking what tips people could give me for my upcoming not-so-soon quit.
There was a resounding boom through the Cafe- Quit NOW, don't wait!
It woke me up, and gave me the courage and fire to keep quitting.
Even after I failed once.
As I look back on the second half of the year (a good portion of it spent quitting and freeing myself from the nic bitch,) I shudder to think what my life would be like right now if I hadn't gone through with it and decided to wait until New Years. I made a list of some key differences I thought up between what could of happened and what DID:
-I would have gotten 0 girls my first semester [8 the first six weeks ]
-I never would have had the opportunity to get sick of freelancing girls and try and get serious. [4
month relationship, for better or worse]
-I would have lost so many friends due to my disgusting habit. As the amount of Tobacco I would need to get "that feeling" increased, so would its visibility. Ninja dipping is impossible to do forever. [friends still here, they're great!]
-I would likely have ruined my gums and teeth even more than they are now, shredded by constant dipping. [just the damage that'd been done up to may, imagine another 6 months worth!]
-I could have cancer. Before I hit 20. [Cancer free!]
-I would lose the support of my close family and friends. [still here.]
-I could have gotten an MIP for tobacco, ruining my chances of getting into many schools that I aspire to. [still have hope.]
-I would not be able to eat full lunches, since a lot of my money would be swallowed up paying for dip.
-When people talk about dipping tobbaco- whether using it themselves, joking about it, talking about how disgusting it is or how fun it is, whatever- I would not be able to hold my head up and say "I QUIT IT!"
-I would have no moral ground to try and keep other kids my own age from trying or making a habit out of tobacco.
I suppose the last two are most important to me. To be able to say I quit is such an important source of pride and sense of accomplishment. And the best way I can make up for all the wasted time is to keep other kids from making the same mistakes.
So much has changed. But if I could pinpoint one of the best choices I made all year, Quitting dip would be one of the best. Even of my life, perhaps.
There may be some quitters here who did what I was going to do. Hold it off until now. Regardless of what you chose to do then, this is now. Hold to your quit, because quite frankly it is tantamount to holding on for dear life.
For other lurkers, who may set their quits to weeks, months, or maybe never from now, don't hesitate. get quit. You have no idea how those days you waste time making excuses on why not to start will affect your life in the future.
Looking back, you can either be proud of yourself, or ashamed and humiliated. It's quite honestly your choice. This site has the tools... You can take a dipper to QSSN, but you can't make him quit.
-Chris, 150 days off the tin.