Benefits of being off weed

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Postby wakinglife » Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:33 pm

Happy to be celebrating 4/20 without cannabis!

In the early years after quitting, this date felt like a true test of my commitment to living without weed. As the time goes by, I now feel a sense of pride to be off the pot as this day rolls around again. I'm even contemplating writing a Facebook post "outing" myself as a former pothead-- although, as a high school teacher, I slightly fear judgment by my colleagues.

Whether I decide to make that post or not, I have decided one thing: I am choosing not to consume any cannabis today!

Cheers to you if you are choosing to let go of your self-limiting addiction to weed.

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Postby wakinglife » Wed May 20, 2020 11:15 pm

It's good for me to keep checking in here regularly, as a reminder of how far I've come. I appreciate the people who share their honest experiences here, whether they're brand new, updating us, or have come back after a slip.

Since so much time has passed since I last smoked, there is actually a chance that I'll forget why I quit in the first place. For example, my old inner pothead was rationalizing as I spoke to my friend who grows the other day. I couldn't believe the words coming out of my mouth when I said, "Although I don't smoke any more, it might be good for me to grow a plant or two that I could donate to someone who needs it for medical reasons."

It's a generous and altruistic thought, but not a great plan for someone who spent the better part of a decade trying to cut back or quit. It's through reading people's posts on here that I get the reality check reminder that weed is not something I can take lightly. If I grew it I'd end up smoking some. No two ways about it.

My life is better without it. I think all this time in self-islolation (due to the pandemic) is just getting to me.

Thanks for being here, fellow UncommonForum posters. Together we help each other achieve great things!

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Postby wakinglife » Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:59 pm

Benefit: Clarity of mind to show up for friends in need

As the days approach my Quit-iversary I am still grateful that I no longer ingest cannabis. Last week my friend invited me to take a trip to his new place (a day's drive from where I live). He lost his wife to suicide and is starting a new life back in the area where we both grew up. He wanted me to see how his kids are coping and see the new home they just moved into. In my smoking days, I would likely have made an excuse (the current COVID pandemic would have been reason enough not to go there). But, in spite of the time and effort (and mild to moderate anxiety of leaving my safe bubble) I made the trip. We spent part of the 3 day visit talking about the elephant in the room (his wife's death), and I felt that my clear-headed and attentive presence made a positive impact on him. He truly appreciated that an old friend would show up for him when he reached out.

Just one more benefit of being off weed!

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