If You Were Incarcerated
It feels different to be free.
First off, I want to tell you that you are a leader! You have the power, and the fire inside of you to change our community, but the change will not begin until you believe in yourself.
I hope you that your are able to understand that before you hear “yes”, you are going to hear a lot of “no, no, NO!”.
Now that you’re back out into the real world, there are a few questions you should ask yourself. What is it going to be like returning to the world when you have the F word following you around like your shadows. Felony. What is it like to return home from jail or prison? How far can you push yourself to be better?
I came home with a felony and people told me that I would be incarcerated again. I came home with a dollar in my pocket, and didn’t know where my next dollar would come from. I was on the verge of selling drugs again, but I had to quickly snap out of it and realize that prison was the last place I wanted to be again. Just thinking back to my time in solitary confinement at Greene Correctional Facility was enough! I had to ask myself a lot of serious questions: “How did I get here? Who am I? What can I do? Can I understand and accept that there will be times I will fail?
No matter what walk of life you are from, or your age, there is no giving up!
You have to manifest, and know that you can be, and WILL be successful. Everyone has their own way of empowering themselves. I empowered myself a little differently. For me personally, everything needed an overhaul. Mental, physical, and spiritual. You have to figure out what is it that you need to delve into? Is it your mentality, is it physical or is it that you need a spiritual cleansing? Maybe it’s everything, as it was for myself.
The path you choose to take is going to change your life forever. Remember that the world is in your hands. When you’re incarcerated, you are literally stealing your own sunshine. You are missing out on opportunities that could lead to your success.
I hope my words, and story encouraged you to use your voice, your mind, and soul to be the best you that you can be. I look forward to hearing stories about all of your struggles, and how you found enlightenment for yourselves. Always remember, at the end of the day, you are a human being, human beings make mistakes, and everyone deserves a fair chance at this roller coaster we call life.
You are more than welcome to email me with your stories, to vent, and simply to just chat if needed. Please, even though it may seem difficult at times, take care of yourself, completely.
Do not forget you are the power, you are the fire, you are the change.