1. You finish the 1500m race with a silver medal and a timing of 5:16 without any practice. The year before, with two months’ rigorous practice, it had barely come down to 5:30 when you were still smoking.
2. You finish 10k, then 20k and then you start doing it regularly within a month. The earlier maximum had been 9k.
3. Your lips don’t look so dark anymore.
4. You smell someone smoking, and feel nauseated. How could I have taken that stuff in all those years?
5. You go home and don’t have to go paranoid about stuff emerging from your pockets.
6. You don’t have to worry about erasing the smell from your mouth. Be it before going to class or home.
7. You travel in a train, and don’t have to bear the stinking washrooms to have that smoke.
8. You suddenly have a lot more money to spend than you had before.
9. You spit out some cough, and for the first time in years, there’s no trace of black in it. And finally,
10.You handle not just exams, but bigger stuff like CAT, placements without cigarettes, and then get the awesome sweet feeling that you did it without them.That you gave your best, and there was no nicotine punching you through this time, and thus the results were all yours, and nobody, or nothing, else’s.
It’s six months now. And God willing, never again.