Today is Smoke-free Day 137.
I have an appointment to donate blood today. This is something that needle-phobic me very rarely does. The handful of times I've done, the process typically ends with me breathing into a paper bag and/or passing out. Still, I want to be better about doing this kind of giving. Quitting smoking has touched other parts of my life and has made me want to do more in general in the way of things that are just good for me like walking, or in this case, I guess, good for others like giving blood. Something about thinking about quitting smoking and then finally taking action (thanks in large part to my dear friend J's tip about Chantix) sort of influences me to want to do the same with other good things I've typically left at the "thinking about it" stage. Oddly enough, as I thought about it today, the handful of other times I've donated blood were during periods of being a non-smoker. Perhaps I was similarly inspired then, too, but since I didn't blog about it, I can't really go back to look. I know that even smokers can donate blood, but I still like knowing that my blood won't have as much junk or poison in it when I give it away. Of course, I would encourage smokers, non-smokers or those in between to do this good deed (here's a link to Give Life) if so inclined and eligible, but I'm just a happy girl that my blood is smoke-free like me!
All that deep breathing I've used to get through times of wanting to smoke should come in handy while I'm trying to relax at needle time. I'm such a brave little chicken.