This is part of a series of letters from QuitNet members who shared their experience with quitting smoking using QuitNet, and offered their encouragement for others to do the same. If you'd like to share your experience or motivate a loved one or smoker who wants to quit, please submit your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Future Quitter,
You're reading this because you're thinking about quitting smoking. Congratulations! You're about to make the best decision of your life. Now, stop thinking about it and decide to quit. Seriously. You are your own worst enemy. You're going to sit there telling yourself how terrifying and difficult this will be, and maybe even that it's impossible. It's not.
Okay, it is kind of terrifying, and it might be the hardest thing you do. Don't run screaming from this letter just yet. It's important that you're honest with yourself up front about the challenges you will face, but you do have everything you need to face those challenges. You are strong enough to do this, and you have the support of the QuitNet community behind you. Remind yourself of that constantly. You should never be afraid to come here for help. It doesn't make you weak. It means you're strong enough to get help instead of just giving up. Quitting doesn't take more than you have. It just takes everything that you have.
Now it's time for the first step. You know you need to quit. Find the reason for quitting that means the most to you. It can be purely for yourself, your health, a loved one . . . but it has to be your choice. Write that reason down. Put it up somewhere and look at it every day.
This will be a big journey that takes time and attention and effort, but everything that matters does.
Take that first step and become smoke free. It will be the most liberating feeling that you'll have, and you'll be proud of yourself for what you have accomplished. And finally, it gets easier. It really does. When you're ready to do this, we're here for you.