October 16, 2012
After 123 months of confinement for a residential burglary, I am now less than 90 days until I'm released on Community Supervision. Many people ask me what I've learned from this and what I'm taking away from this decade-long sentence of imprisonment. Well, let me now attempt to provide the answer to this question.
First, and foremost, I've learned that I cannot do drugs. Ever again. I must be vigilant for any and all potential triggers which could lead me to relapse into using. There is no "just this once"! I've recognized and made mental notes of these triggers. I have relapsed, despite such great strides forward in my life and so much waiting for me in society, so vigilance is a must. In addition, I must surround myself with only friends & family who are clean and who provide support, rather than stress me with negativity. Which I've managed to arrange for in my woman, my sister, my best friend Tony, as well as a few long-range positive friends like Shaun, Sue O. and of course I can't forget my tiny Brit friend Louise, who has been there for me for nearly 15 years now. Yeah, I've got anti-drug use friends world-wide who I can count on. Also, I have and will continue to cut ties with active drug users.
Over the years, I've lived around all types of criminals. Brutally dangerous murderers, sick & depraved sex offenders, desperate drug-addicted thieves, and so many others. I will try to remain in somewhat quiet, peaceful social circles. Obviously, I won't run background checks on potential new friends, but I've learned to choose my friends carefully and am a fairly good judge of character.
I've also focussed numerous years on my writing & art skills, as well as educating myself through tons of books and college courses I paid for. These skills and knowledge I will apply upon my release. Skills and knowledge I enjoy using, which I'm convinced will bring me joy and success.
I've been able to learn so much in the past 10 years and I'm taking it all with me in January. A home, a great woman who loves me, family, friends and a mind set to be clean, happy, free and successful. I'm taking with me everything I want and need on my release day.
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