4th of August 2017: Smoked The Last Cigarette… So far…

Like what I have already mentioned in my previous blog, it has been a year since the last time I smoked. Indeed, I am very happy and proud of myself that I was able to stop smoking for a year now. While I acknowledge that I am weak in relation to my addiction  and the temptations will always be present, I certainly hope that I will continue to be a non-smoker for many years to come. In my experience, I have come to realize that the success of the latter depends upon the recognition of the former: in order to deal with addiction, one has to recognize the power the addiction holds to the one being addicted.

In the past, I have already made two attempts to quit the nasty habit of smoking and sadly enough, also twice I have failed. The first lasted for six months while the second a year and a half. In those two previous attempts, I made promises to stop smoking and that the cigarettes I was smoking when the promises were made were the last ones I would ever smoke. And yet, I would find myself too weak to resist the strong urge to smoke.

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Celebrating One Year Anniversary of being a Non-Smoker: The Key to being a Successful Ex-Smoker

Since last weekend, I have not smoked a cigarette for one whole year. It was on the 4th of August last year at exactly 14:00 when I smoked my last cigarette. I must say that I am proud of myself for this achievement. I think only smokers and ex-smokers can fully appreciate how rewarding and gratifying it is being able to stop smoking and continue to stop smoking for a year and – hopefully – beyond. I deserve to give myself a one year chip for not smoking.

Indeed, I am very proud of myself for being able not to smoke for one whole year since last weekend. I was a smoker and now I am liberated from the nasty addiction that has enslaved me for many years in the past. I thought I will never free from it. Somehow, I have accepted that I will be addicted to cigarette smoking for the rest of my life and that I would never be free from it. And yet here I am, an ex-smoker blogging about being an ex-smoker. I am not a smoker anymore. I find the ‘not smoker’ version of myself more pleasing than the one who was a smoker.

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Queen Victoria: The Prolific Diarist

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Queen Victoria, amongst many other things, was a prolific diarists. It is estimated that in her day, she wrote approximately two thousand five hundred (2 500) words a day. Being a queen must be a full time job and yet she still had time to write that many words every day. Her full time job did not keep her from writing. Needless to say that writing was a huge part of her life. She must have been very articulate and eloquent.

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Daily Prompt and Weekly Photo Challenge: Where Art Thou?

Am I being too dramatic when I say that I terribly miss the Daily Prompt and the Weekly Photo Challenge on the WordPress.com’s Daily Post? It made me sad – or should I say, heartbroken – when I discovered that the daily and weekly challenges have come to an end. These challenges have propelled many bloggers to blog and by so doing kept their blogs alive and meet other bloggers in the blogging community. Now that they are no longer gracing us with their presence, one should ask as Madonna’s rendition of Evita Peron once did: ‘Where do we go from here?’

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On Places and Landmarks: Venlo and its Late 16th Century Townhall

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One day, without any pre-existing plan, I took the train and went to Venlo on my own. With a camera around my neck, I graced this beautiful, quaint, and yet intimate city. I pretended to be a tourist for day and allowed myself to be amazed by the sceneries as if I have seen it for the first time. It was an opportunity to see the city in entirely different perspective and also to develop skills in photography.

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Unlikely: The Spring Flower on Snow

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It is so Unlikely that these two, the snow and the flowers will meet, but notwithstanding its unlikeliness, they nonetheless did meet this year. The former belong to the winter whereas the latter to spring. Did the snow came later or the flowers earlier than usual? The image is an illustration of a beautiful and rare contradictions: The flowers are announcing spring in the midst of winter.