I was recently having an early morning coffee at Mooloolaba beach. A few metres in front of where I sat was a very fit young woman, she surprised me by lighting up a cigarette.
I noticed the glances a few walkers gave her as they sped by, perhaps a whole series of judgements in their minds. But none of this was remarkable except for the way the young women smoked her cigarette.
She put on a performance I have never seen except in a movie or a burlesque show. She raised her elbow high and tipped her head back as she dragged on her smoke.
Then she made a huge arc with her arm, dropping it to an outstretched position as she kept her head back with here eyes closed.
In between drags she literally strutted pointing her toes as she stepped like a dancer. This show was repeated until she had sucked the last bit of life from her cigarette.
She appeared to be supremely confident, but I have to admit that I have no idea what she was thinking; perhaps she wanted to show the world that she can smoke if she wants.
I contrast her to another smoker I observed the same day, standing in a lane away from the café’s with her body closed and her eyes cast down as if she was trying to be invisible.
So what is your style, do you stand confidently with your cigarette between your two big fingers, do you hold your smoke between your finger and thumb as if to disguise it.
Do you consciously blow the smoke into the air away from others or just smoke the way you want.
Because I observe smokers, I can say that the majority do it in a way that appears to apologise or try not to be noticed.
Of course it doesn’t matter if you smoke from the rooftops or standing on your head, it is the same for everyone.
The young women at the beach despite her eccentric performance she was still sucking toxic smoke into her lungs, her arteries, her heart, her cells and into the very mitochondria which power her energy.
She will experience the same problems any other smoker can experience. And hopefully she is spared but if the worst happens I wonder if she will still strut as she wanders the lonely corridors of the chemo ward. Or she could use advanced hypnosis to quit smoking and keep on strutting while breathing fresh air.