Journal Entry: Robert Reyes-06/20/2023-Freedom

Journal Entry

Today is Juneteenth, the day we celebrate our freedom. Ironically, today I’m losing mine. I will be surrendering within the next few hours and this all feels so surreal. My roadmap as a child included many things but surrendering to prison was never one of them. Throughout the past months, I’ve been reflecting upon the events that lead me to this position which include critical points which led to poor decision making and failure to listen to my ‘inner voice’. As I sit in the back of the car, sun gleaming down, I look at the cars around me and what comes to mind is – freedom is so damn precious. Fellow members of society are driving to work, family or leisure events without the sheer thought of being incarcerated, freedom is precious. It’s a bitter sweet moment, saying goodbye to my boys and family was literally heartbreaking but I’m ready, ready to embark on this journey, re-calibrate and come out on the other side stronger and more refined. As I embark on this journey, I plan to make amends with those around me, society and myself. It’s time.