It’s been over two weeks since I last smoked tobacco and I’m feeling pretty good about it. I haven’t been using any nicotine replacements and so I’m no longer physically addicted, and right now I can’t imagine that I’ll go back to smoking. I’m pretty proud of the fact that I’m not smoking. Here’s why.
I’ve been getting into Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) tests recently and learning more about the different character types. The way I see it, stuff like astrology is based on random factors like when you’re born, whereas MBTI types are based on the way that you think and act. For me, it’s not far off those conversations you have with friends about which Friends or Star Wars character you’d be.
The reason I mentioned that is because my type is INTJ, and I think that I quit smoking for a very INTJ reason. Two of the big stereotypical INTJs are Elon Musk and Batman, which kind of makes sense. INTJs are “architects”, fond of “relentless intellectualism and chess-like manouvering”.
According to 16personalities.com, “Architect personalities tend to believe that with effort, intelligence and consideration, nothing is impossible, while at the same time they believe that people are too lazy, short-sighted or self-serving to actually achieve those fantastic results. Yet that cynical view of reality is unlikely to stop an interested Architect from achieving a result they believe to be relevant.”
I quit smoking because I don’t want to die, which isn’t necessarily an INTJ trait. But what is very INTJ is the reason why I don’t want to die. It’s not so I can spend more time with friends and family before I shuffle off this mortal coil and end up in nothingness. No, it’s so I can write a couple more books to leave behind as my legacy, even if no one reads them.
The way I see it, that’s what I live for in the first place. On top of that, those final years of life are when you should theoretically be at your best. After all, you’ve had a lifetime to get good at what you do, and it’s not the same as something like singing or playing sports where your body grows too old to keep up with you. As long as your mind is still sharp, those last five years that you’d otherwise lose to tobacco could be your best yet.
Still, if it works it works, and this seems to be working for me. Now that the initial cravings are out of the way, it’s just a case of sticking to it. And every time I’m tempted to go to the shop to buy tobacco, I think about all the books that it will stop me from writing. It’s pretty easy from there on in.