Escape from addiction

Why did I smoke? Many others did. I was young and I thought it conferred extra manliness and social acceptability. My pipe had become a sort of indispensable adjunct to my personality. In fact I had, quite unconsciously, mortgaged a part of myself to something outside myself, and was busy paying the premium.

How did I give up smoking? I didn't. It gave me up. Instead of having to pay off the mortgage, I gained the inestimable gift of freedom from that addiction (I was a heavy smoker), and better still, a view of what freedom really is.

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