Sekur Clayton – I don’t want them to pick up smoking
I come from a rather large family, I have two sisters and two brothers, all of them have kids, I have a total 15 nieces and 7 nephews.
My nieces and nephews are very important to me; I don’t want them to pick up smoking, I don’t want them to feel persuaded into doing something they might think is cool. I’m not trying to be unrealistic because kids will be kids and they need to make their own mistakes so that they can learn from them.
I don’t try and hide the fact that I smoke to my nieces and nephews, I want them to know that nobody is perfect and that everyone makes their own choices in life, but if you make the wrong ones you have to take the responsibility and deal with it.
I have never been asked by any of them why I smoke, I guess they all just think it’s a normal part of life to have family members that smoke. I want to be the best possible role model for my family members (especially the younger ones).
But you can’t change the world unless you change yourself first, the next generation will be the ones to make a real difference.
Sekur Clayton, 19 years old ( Background info: http://nosmokes.com.au/september-guest-blogger-sekur-clayton/)
Sekur Clayton is a 19 year old woman from Darwin (currently living in Canberra) who is our Guest Blogger for September. She has been a smoker since she was 14 years old, when she started smoking to join the ‘cool’ gang at her new school. She never thought she was addicted, until she tried to give up.
Sekur will be sharing her experience of smoking, the difficulty she has had in quitting, and how family and school have influenced her during September with a new post every few days.
Every month No Smokes features an Indigenous Guest Blogger. Previous Guest Blogs can be viewed to the left. Are you interested in being our next Guest Blogger? http://nosmokes.com.au/be-our-next-guest-blogger/