Thanks for a great idea. Its good for me to read this again!
Actually, this is my 'Goodbye Cigs' letter, but suitable sentiments:
I hope that this is the last time you will hear from me.
We have had one of the longest relationships in my life together. You teamed up with me when I was still learning to shave, and were with me through all the adventures and foibles I took on as I became a man. Together we struck out in many directions, with my 'twenty little buddies' in my pocket, ready to help reinforce my 'self', any way I chose. For good or ill.
You were there with me when I felt good, or when I felt bad. You were my friends when I felt I had none I could talk to.
In the beginning, you were easy and cheap like a hippie chick.
But things have changed.
I've grown up and grown older. I realize that your support was only an illusion when I had no confidence. I have confidence now.
While I thought you were the friend to complete the way I was, I realize that you kept me from being more without you.
Now that I'm older, I realize you helped take my money, my taste buds, my health, when I did not have to give them away.
I am winded now, with your 'help' and I could have been as healthy as my peers.
Your cost has never stopped; I could have bought many things with what you cost me.
The cost you would continue on me, could cost me my life, if it hasn't already.
It doesn't matter now, what is done is done. What does matter is that I harness the best part of myself to say goodbye to you, and turn my back forever.
You sit on the shelf, and look at your days as numbered as people realize there really is no good in you. Take your death and peddle it in hell.
I'm going to be better without you. I will smell better and I will smell things better. I will taste things better. I will know I am better, no matter how limited my days. In leaving you behind, I will find I am stronger of will than I ever thought possible, except in those halcyon days of youth, when I still knew you were no good for me. Maybe when you are gone, I can learn about him again.
Don't look back.
You've had your way and now I'll have mine.