Life has a funny way of preparing us for the things to come. It conditions you to handle the rough times by allowing you to go through tough times. It puts you in situations where you have to make due with the bare minimum to show you that you don’t have to have all the extras in order to survive. We can’t continue to be “puppets” to our situations. Meaning, because this or that happened, I’ll do this or I won’t do that. Case in point…I heard one of the guys say the other day that his mother died and because of this, he was going to get high. “What is getting high going to do to bring her back or even memorialize this woman?” is the question that was going through my head. But so many things in life cause people to react negatively because of how they have been treated or certain circumstances they have been caused to endure. I am thankful that I am no longer a puppet and have the power to move forward out of negative situations instead reacting in a negative manner. That was part my growing process that I needed. It was necessary for me to take this journey of incarceration so I can sharpen the knives of wisdom that I have in my arsenal, to allow me to cut through the layers of adversity waiting for me on the other side of the fence. Growing up isn’t always physical. We need to grow mentally and spiritually sometimes and don’t even see or realize this until we are put in positions that are uncomfortable to us and we don’t know how to think our way out of them. Know this though, people won’t always be able to see you as this “new” person. A lot of people still see you as the “old” you and have set a standard in their mind of who they see you as or think you are. Don’t let that discourage you. You aren’t doing this for them…if you are, then you’re already making a mistake. Only God can judge you, but it’s you that has to live with the decisions you make. With that being said, I am moving forward with the knowledge that I can do and be whatever it is I want to do or be….we are down to 6 weeks and the decline is so beautiful!