Incarcerated: 34 years
Housed: Marion Correctional Institution, Ohio
I’m a two time loser, but I found that to lose with grace helps me win righteously. Over the past few years I’ve learned that my past is just that, but my future is what will define me. I may be in prison, but I live my life as an eagle soaring in the clouds – free. I refuse to let my incarceration define my reality. Over my 34 years of incarceration I’ve seen people, as well as myself, come to prison, go home to family and friends and I see the things that were missed while doing time. They come back to the same hell that they tried to get out of. In here, I was introduced to a young man, in our talks he was angry over being locked up. I asked who he was mad at? He said his mom and his child’s mother. I asked if either of them were responsible for him being locked up. He said no. I asked him why he was mad at them and not himself. He then took inventory of his actions and walked into his third parole hearing last week and got paroled. Life is good when we accept our own shortcomings.