Life provides turning points of many kinds, but the most powerful of all may be character-revealing moments.
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Thank you for sharing! Your story is similar to mine, the self-hatred, death of a family memebr from smoking, and finally resolve to quit and succeeding after my 18 year habit. I also looked back and realized as you did what an incredible thing I had done and have used the mentality from quitting smoking to bolster other life changes (I finished school and am in the midst of changing careers) and some smaller changes as well. It really does take one step in the right direction to set off a chain of positive actions. There's still work involved but as my new motto goes: If I can quit smoking, I can do anything. (I've been smoke free for 757 days!)
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