No Thanks….

EDM #6 Draw your favorite well-loved object…or a childhood toy.

Graphite on Strathmore 60lb. sketch

I thought about drawing my one of my baby dolls.  But I never loved my baby dolls as much as I loved cigarettes.  Yeah, it’s pretty sad, but it’s true.  You just don’t know how deeply smoking is embedded into your life until you try to quit.  When I started smoking I didn’t know anything about addiction and I was young enough that I didn’t worry about the health risks. When I understood what I was doing to myself, it was too late I was hooked.  This was a hard relationship to get out of, but I did. I can’t tell you how liberating it is to finally have control over (and end) something that has had total control over me for so many years.   I only hope I can keep it up, but with the continuing support of my family and friends the odds are in my favor.

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12 thoughts on “No Thanks….

  1. Congratulations!!!! as an ex chain smoker (three packs a day for years) I know what a huge thing it is to quit – It’s been a long time since I quit but I still get urges now and then – Love this sketch – what a great idea it is for a well loved object I agree I never loved a THING more than I loved the cigarettes

  2. You CAN do it. My first husband did, and went for many years without the habit, never did take it up again! It’s not easy, and I think you may always want a cigarette occasionally, but you can always choose. Our thoughts are with you!

  3. Terrific sketch!! And absolutely, you should frame this. Eight years ago I quit my 30-year addiction and you are so right, it is absolutely LIBERATING to not be in the clutches of scheduling your life around the next time/place for the next smoke. It does get easier, and even gets to where you can’t stand the smell– reformed smokers are the worst critics I think.

  4. Such a great sketch and an honest post. I lost three friends within weeks this summer to lung cancer. It is such a brutal way to go. I have a son that still smokes and I hope and pray for you and him–that you find a way through your addiction.
    Good thoughts,
    Lisa

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