Friday, October 26, 2007
I am a runner. I love running. I really love it. I love the way it's a part of me as much as anything. It shapes who I am now and how I feel about myself. I wasn't always a runner though, it's something I've done for 4 years now. Before that I was a smoker.
I have Allen Carr to thank for my status as a non smoker. I read his book in one sitting and when I finished the last page I was a new person. I wasn't a slave to cigarettes any more. I would no longer smell bad and feel lousy. It was the start of a whole new life and I felt like a completely different person. I didn't go mental with cravings or eat everything in sight or use patches or drive people mad or bite my nails. I simply continued my life as it was, but as a non smoker.
Instead of feeling like I was depriving myself of something I actually felt like I had given myself a dirty big gift of greatness! I'd never felt like that before. So my life began anew and I felt that whatever I decided to do in life I could do, so I attempted a few crazy things. I often wonder if I had never smoked would I have gone on to do the things I've done since. Because it was only in stopping smoking that I felt an overwhelming sense of "I can do anything". It was a real turning point in my life.