66 days ago, I made the decision to stop smoking. I had tried several times before only to fail miserably. It took me a while to figure out how I have been able to succeed so much easier this time and thought I'd share what has changed my mindset completely. On days 7 & 8 of this mission to live smoke free, I felt like a crack addict, (or at least what Hollywood has portrayed a crack addict to be) all curled up and miserable. I tried to give myself any and every possible excuse to light up. It was at that point when I realized what this journey was going to be all about. When you quit smoking, there is no finish line, no one is going to be there to cheer you on, trumpets are not going to blare and a flock of doves will not circle above to honor your success. The only reward is going to be a healthier life and the pride you take in knowing that you have been able to defeat a very difficult habit to break. Don't get me wrong, I don't consider myself out of the woods by any means here at the 66 day mark, but I am standing strong and I have the right attitude this time. I wake up every morning and tell myself, "You are a butthead no longer."