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Daily Prompt: The Smoke and the Furor

It was just a thing. I wanted to try a cigarette, having seen cool people in cool movies looking cool with them. As a teen I tried and it became a thing. And then I was going to be a mom and it couldn't be a thing anymore. So I stopped. Just like that, cold turkey. It was fine. But stress happened and the thing came back. With a vengeance and furor I could not wrangle. And I got older and realized as a 40-something woman it was not a thing I should have in my life. So I tried stopping and it was harder than it had been before. But then I just. sort of. did it. It wasn't a thing anymore. I looked at the cost I was saving and was thankful. I felt better. I knew in the long run it was good for my health. But there are times when I really want to have one, to have a holder, to look cool. But then, I wake up and move on.

The pixies at the Daily Prompt wanted to know

Tell us about something you’ve tried to quit. Did you go cold turkey, or for gradual change? Did it stick?

Picture It & Write, 2 February 2014: Going Home