It has been really hard lately to stay positive. I still have 9 years left on my sentence and here at camps, you are seeing people come in all the time with really short sentences. So when you are around people that are constantly talking about going home. I struggle with trying to find that balance between living here in the now and trying to stay involved and connected to the outside world. Sometimes I think it is better to just be “here” and kind of shut out the outside world till it is closer to time to go home. But then I remember all your advice about always thinking of your future and your release and I feel conflicted.