I started smoking when I was about 15 and continued to smoke until I was about 40. Everyone says it is hard to quit, I didn’t find it difficult at all, and I probably quit more than a hundred times. I have quit as many as two or three times the same day, quitting is easy, not starting again is a whole nother issue. I went through the same process with the smokeless stuff, or dip as it is called here in redneck country. It just didn’t take as many years to kick that habit.
I was 66 when I picked up this habit called blogging; I had been off cigarettes for 25 years and hadn’t had a dip in more than ten. I am beginning to think this is just as addictive as the nicotine, however, the surgeon general hasn’t declared it to be hazardous to one’s health. The only two health issues I see are: I sometimes deprive myself of sleep to write these things and there is always the chance that my words could offend the wrong people.
I have quit writing a few times the past six months, in fact I quit this week, but just like the smokes, staying quit seems to be a problem. I like to write and I need to write, again like the smokes, I liked to smoke and I thought I needed to smoke.
Why did I quit? If you have read me very long you know I write from the heart and I don’t leave much in there. I thought I was starting to get a little redundant, saying the same thing, just saying it a little differently. I would like to change my style and write about the fun and exciting things I do every day, there have been periods in my life I could have written some interesting stuff, maybe those days will return but right now fun and exciting aren’t descriptive of my daily routine.
I spent some time last night reviewing what I have written the past few months. I even went way back in the archives and looked at some of the “Mom Life Cancer” stuff. I saw a lot of room for improvement in the way I handle the English language; but I didn’t see the redundancy I was expecting. Maybe it was there, I just didn’t want to see it so I can keep writing.
I used a non-word “nother” in the first paragraph. I know I have a few grammar police that read what I write. I didn’t use nother just to bug you. I used it as a lead in to put in a plug for a blog I follow http://grammarbelle.com/. I think some of you will enjoy and appreciate what she has to say. I provide her an unlimited supply of material.
I have to make one serious comment. I talked about my almost 40 year addiction to nicotine; Sharyl never used tobacco of any form, not even one cigarette. Why her and not me?
I am processing some thoughts for something a little more typical of what I usually do; they just need to stay on this side of the keyboard until I understand them well enough to share.
It is pretty obvious that I still need your prayers, and thanks for running down the road with me.
Good Night and God Bless.