OK. I know that I set up Comx Box to feature the artistic works of cartoonists; Their comics, artwork, videos, music, merchandise, blogs or any other type of work that they did to express their creativity. Still, the main focus of Comx Box is to make the readers laugh -and occasionally, to think.
Today, I am going to break away today from the normal home page format and I am going to feature two videos from non-Comx Box contributors. I am featuring them because they make me laugh. Now be forewarned, if you don't watch Game of Thrones and you are not a Star Trek fan, you might as well stop now and go read a book. The videos are mildly graphic but like I just said, they make me laugh. I hope they make you laugh. --Tame
In May of 1993 I finally quit smoking cigarettes. I quit drinking alcohol in early 1994 and I can tell you- that process was far easier than quitting smoking. Nicotine gives the user a boost in mood, metabolism and energy. Since the smoke is ingested into your lungs, the nicotine is delivered immediately to your blood stream. Quitting entailed not only overcoming the physical addiction but also overcoming the emotional need for nicotine.
Spring of 1993, I was into my second major attempt at quitting. It was my fifteenth day without nicotine and the depression had hit. As I was walking to my car from my apartment, I looked up into the clear blue sky and felt the warm sun on my arms and thought I wanted to die. I didn’t make it to sixteen days nicotine free.
So here I was trying to stop smoking and failing miserably. Not only was I unable to kick cigarettes but I wasn’t able to reach a goal I had set for myself. I felt defeated and puzzled. I knew what I needed to do, what I wanted to do, but I couldn’t do it.
Soon after that second failed attempt, I went to work one day and out of the blue started talking in the hallway of the hospital with another nurse I had just met. I spilled out, uncharacteristically for me, my latest failed attempt to stop smoking and how upset I was about the whole ordeal. And she gave me a piece of advice that has stuck with me ever since. She said that the most important thing was to keep trying.
Her non judgmental attitude impressed me and encouraged me to not give up. The next week I had an appointment with my dermatologist (for ongoing acne in my thirties no less) and spoke with her about a prescription for nicorette gum. (This was before it was sold over the counter.) Despite my being there for a skin condition, my dermatologist gladly wrote me a nicorette gum prescription and encouraged me to continue trying to quit.
This sequence of events along with a month of nicorette gum use gave me the courage I needed to quit smoking, one day at at time, in May of 1993. For the next five years, I thought about smoking almost daily but never took one puff. I remain smoke free today and more importantly, I do not have the desire to smoke. I will admit that every now and then I see nicorette gum for sale at Walgreen’s and long to chew a piece. I say a little prayer and move on.
Those wonderful words, “keep trying”, changed my perspective about how to reach a goal. It’s only human to fall back into old habits, to tell ourselves we aren’t capable and to let our dreams fade because we are scared of the unknown.
I’m working steadily on some new comics and raising my fist high in the air while chanting, “Screw you fear! I’m still trying.”