One Breath Project | NICORETTE®

One Breath Project | NICORETTE®

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After I quit smoking within about a week I
held my breath for 40 seconds longer. I tried quitting smoking several times before I started freediving. But after seeing my father die and seeing what lung cancer does, you become much more aware of your breath and what your breath can do, so you take it much less for
granted. If you’re lucky and you’re relaxed enough, you kind of dissolve in the ocean and you become part of this big, mighty entity. 5, 4, 3, 2.. People usually are quite surprised
at what they can do at just one breath. We can dive deeper than certain species of dolphins; we can hold our breaths longer than certain seals. At around 20 meters my lungs have shrank
so much that I become negatively bouyant. It’s like the depth’s calling you and you
give into it, and you let yourself drop. One of the things I like about freediving is that
you learn how to control that fear and that panic. You know you’ve had these demons, you’ve
conquered them before. To not be able to beat that stupid little white stick, it was extremely
frustrating, so I thought: look at quitting smoking as a gift to yourself. The gift I gave myself was a full breath. The gift of freedom.

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