It goes without saying, “Smoking cigarette is like paying to have your life cut shorter”.
Everyone knows that smoking kills but still the number of smokers are intensively growing with the passage of time.
Smoking doesn’t just affect one’s health, it affects its brain, social life, work life, and even marriage. Some people get lucky to quit smoking in their early days of starting, but unfortunately, most of them don’t quit until they get to know the shocking news about their health. This is what happened with Geoffrey Turner, who had to quit smoking after finding out he is suffering from stage 4 lungs cancer.
Geoffrey Turner found out that he doesn’t have many days left, so he decided to do something in his last days that could change the lives of other smokers too. He wrote his own obituary which carries own a different legacy that will stick to his friends, family members and everyone who ever decides to smoke.
Mr. Turner opened his obituary with these lines, “I was an idiot who made the same stupid decision, day after day, multiple times a day. I was a smoker and even though I knew it may eventually kill me, I chose to deny the truth to myself”.
He further adds, “The pain and suffering I caused my family was not worth the perceived ‘satisfaction’ that really did nothing more than waste money, separate me from my family, and eventually destroyed my body.”
Geoffrey has left behind a family of 5 children and 4 grandchildren. His obituary even got published in the Times Union newspaper and Sarah Huiest, his daughter, said that she is happy her father did something that can inspire many smokers to quit smoking as early as possible.
She said, “Many people, friends, and strangers have reached out to us regarding his words. For some, it is the words they wish they had heard from loved ones passed- family members that could never admit their smoking led to their illness. I heard from someone who said that they may be one of those reached before it’s too late. And I have seen hundreds of times that it has been shared in the hopes of compelling someone to quit.”
Huiest told the newspaper that her father had lived a very happy life. He had done various trips across the world, and have started many entrepreneurial ventures. But still the only regret her dad had in his life was the decision to start smoking.
Mr. Turner ended his obituary with these lines, “The moral of this story- don’t be an idiot. If you’re a smoker- quit- now- your life depends on it and those you love depend on your life. Remember life is good- don’t let it go up in smoke.”
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