I am butchering this quote, so forgive me. Douglass Coupland wrote that the only things that separate us from the animals was that we smoke and lift weights, â€œâ€¦which is not too much considering how special we think we are.â€
Another quote from a personal trainer at my gym (yes, I knowâ€¦hard to believe), â€œIf the doctor told me I only had 6 months to live and there was nothing I could do about it, I would start smoking again.â€ Amen sister!!
It is funny. I smoked a couple of cigarettes here and there in High School (except one time Kevin and I smoked cigars in my van and I inhaledâ€¦I was really sick that nightâ€¦but that is another story). I was not really hooked on cigarettes until I was in Bible College. Yes, you heard me right. Second semester of my sophomore year, one of my friends, Vince, got me to pick up the habit. I smoked 7-8 cigarettes a day until I almost got kicked out of school. Then I smoked all summer. I continued to smoke off and on until I met my wife. Then I was pretty much done.
Here is the strange thing. I miss the habit. I actually like smoking. If I did not know for certain that it would kill me, I would take it up again.
They just opened a cigar shop in my building complex. I still cannot stand the smell of cigars from the â€œvanâ€ experience. But I am tempted by their assortment of pipes. Three things are keeping me on the straight and narrow.
A) 1) it would kill me
B) 2) my wife would kill me
C) 3) I could not pull off the pipe smoker â€œlookâ€â€¦did I mention my wife would kill me?
Hopefully at the end of my life I will be given a six month warning so I can enjoy myself.