I still talk to T almost every day but now it’s on a different platform and is always monitored. T wants to tell his story so that people know how he got where he is and why he made the choices that got him there. I told him that we would work together to get his story out there and hopefully it will have an impact on someone, someday. I hope that one day T comes back to me and helps motivate people to actually make that change in their life.
Here are some thoughts from T on his new normal...
It hurts being locked away and things are going on in your immediate family such as mom being sick, father being sick, your sisters or brothers being hurt and you can't be there to support nor help. The staff where you are locked away don't care because they are going home to their family, they can support from every angle meanwhile you in a cell praying for your out date to come quicker. Praying it can all be a dream hoping you don't call home and get bad news. Take a step back and ask yourself is it worth it? Are you ready to be locked behind a door or sleep on a thin mat on top of metal? A bunk with a thin blanket that doesn't stop the air so you are just cold and alone while your peers at home with a comfortable pillow top mattress and a thick blanket able to control the heat and air also can exit their room freely. IS ANYTHING WORTH BEING AWAY ANYTHING?