I don’t smoke, but I envy smokers.
Smokers have different rights compared to us nonsmokers. Smokers get breaks dedicated to their smoking. I want a break dedicated to my bad habits.
I want to stand outside and enjoy the fresh air, and watch the birds, and sit in the sunshine, but I feel that, unless I smoke, this time spent daydreaming outdoors is something I should do “on my own time”. Yet smokers get away with it.
I have a problem with smoking. Smoking is glamorized and socially justified self-harm.
If you do smoke, I don’t judge you. You have your personal reasons for doing it, so that’s your business.
But it’s bad for you no matter your reasons.
So I’m jealous of smokers, and I’ll admit to it. I’m not jealous because I’m not polluting my body and cutting my life span in half. I’m jealous because of the time smokers get all to themselves.
I don’t understand how this happened, but I want in on it.
Does society give more leeway to smokers because we understand it’s an addiction?
Do you have to be addicted to something to get special treatment?
Could I possibly go up to my boss and say, “I need to take a five minute fresh-air break,” and go sit outside? Or will I have to give more of an excuse or urgency to take up the time my boss is paying me to be there to sit outside while work needs to be done?
I wanted to present these thoughts to you, to the world, to see what you have to say about it, smokers and nonsmokers alike.
Because I’m seriously missing out on something.