A Stick for a Cause

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I’m not a smoker but I’m a good friend of chain smokers. I met some of these kinds of friends when I worked in a call center way back year 2007. When I asked them why they liked to smoke, they have simply answered me, “it’s because we wanted to…” It may be just a weak statement but I know for sure they have deeper reason why were they wanted to smoke constantly.

My sister also smokes but she only does it inside the ladies room or toilet. Her reason, you know, to avoid smelling her own poop. Quite a strategy, huh! Yes, she does it with self-purpose.

If I’m going to guess the reason why a person smoke, I think it’s because it’s part of their personality. Likewise, it’s a common human instinct that increases someone’s confidence. Whether we like it or not, we have to admit that smoking is a courageous act. Why did I say so? Because when you smoke, you are not just challenging our mother nature (due to air pollution) but you are also challenging your health. If we take it positively, there are people who smoke because it decreases the tension they feel which helps them to focus their mind in making critical decision. A decision that is really important that would impact their lives.

I actually tried smoking when I was still a kid. But it seems that smoking didn’t like me. Not because of health issue but because I just thought that it’s really not part of my personality. Like what I’ve said, it takes one’s courage to smoke.

If I will give myself a chance, maybe one of these days, I will try smoking once again since there are lots of new alternatives like electronic cigarettes or cao cigars.

It’s not yet too late to challenge myself. If that day comes, I will see to it that I smoke with a purpose. Not even a single stick would become meaningless because it would be a stick for a cause! (AAP)

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About Aleks

Engr. Aleksandre Pates (a.k.a. Aleks or André) is an I.T. Professional and Electronics Engineer by profession, but it didn’t hinder him to enrich his skills and broaden his experience in theater and literary. He is also a College Instructor/Professor, Playwright, Artistic/Creative Director, Singer, Songwriter/Composer, Resource Speaker/Lecturer of Campus Journalism, Editorial Writing, Creative Writing and Leadership Empowerment for Youth. He is a Palanca Awardee, and he was the Editor-In-Chief of The Philippine Artisan (official student publication of TUP-Manila) from 2003-2007. He is a Certified Oracle Partner Expert since 2010, a Certified Harvard Connected Manager, and a member of the prolific playwright organizations in the Philippines, The WritersBloc. He also holds numerous positions in socio-civic and professional organizations like Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines (IECEP – Manila Chapter), FEU Institute of Technology, and De La Salle Araneta University Alumni Association, Inc.
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