What do you think is the most positive thing you can take with you when you are released?
The most positive thing I'm taking with me is something that many of my good friends have told me for years, pounding it into my head. Don't let the mistakes you make hold you back or stop you from moving forward in your pursuit of success.
My good friends Shaun, Sue O. and Weird Al all told me this. Louise K, a friend I've had through good times and bad for nearly 14 years, has told me this for years. My best friend, Tony, who I've let down and allowed to suffer since his release, has told me this since the first time we hung out on the yard listening to our walkmans, oblivious to all that was going on around us.
I still struggle with this, but have been moving forward. I have learned from my mistakes and moved on. I've been moving towards success and a new start in society. My past is just that... past!
The most important and positive thing I'm taking with me? The ability to forgive myself and not dwell on mistakes I've made.
3 days ago