Originally Posted by Annelies
What didn't go my way? I was suggesting something to people. Suggestions are suggestions. It's idiots that took it out of context that blew this out of proportion.
There's nothing wrong with it or your suggestion. Now I have a suggestion for you, if you feel so strongly about it then get involved proactively with it. The best place to start is with youth before they start. When I was in high school I was a member of Hi-Step. I don't know if they have that in Cali but we used to go to grade schools and speak to them about the dangers of drugs. I'd say doing it someplace like this would make you preaching to the wrong choir because for most of us it's too late. I wasn't bothered at all by this thread. I find it enlightening to listen to people's life experiences through usage. I can relate with @japsander
all too well. I've had an unbelievable life, I think. Most people probably wouldn't believe it if I told them. But the point is that all my experiences brought me to the here and now and I wouldn't change it for the world. And like @GraVoX959
stated, I too once quit smoking for the sake of my child. That was from when my daughter was born in 2004 until I lost her in 2008. The ironic part is that I lost her because her mother didn't want to stop. When I got my tumor in my head I would have thought it more likely to come from my past habits rather than the probable cell phone usage that the doctors likened it to. Now I have a clean bill of health, a lovely wife, am moving to a new country, and will be starting a career rather than slumming it at jobs for people who are only half as intelligent as I am. I've seen enough bad to know when life is good and right now it's good. I know with the way life works it could only be temporary so I'm enjoying it like it might end tomorrow. I'm happy in my life and I smoke. I'm not using it to drown my sorrows or as a crutch. There are times I prefer not to and there are times that I have to be responsible and I can't. I think the point is that each of us have to live our own lives and have our own experiences to get our own meanings out of life. I'm not exactly an old sage but I'm certainly wise beyond my years and if you asked me I'd say that's what life is all about. I think it's sad when the closest thing somebody feels like they have when their down is a bottle of alcohol. At the same time I feel like there are people who most definitely can handle their alcohol and I don't have any business telling them to stop. Jesus made wine from water not for people to be drunken fools but so they could be merry. I don't see any harm in that. I don't see any harm in never using anything either. If that's the path you choose to take, I hope you never have a reason to ever have to resort to it. I just hope you're not doing it because CM Punk tells everybody that's what he does.