Journal Entry: William David Kragthorpe-05/19/2024

Journal Entry


I am writing this letter from a place that I never thought I would end up – prison. As I have documented in previous writings I am serving a sentence for something that I regret terribly, however, I must be held accountable for my actions. Although I am physically confined, my spirit remains unbreakable and I am determined to persevere through this time.

Being here has taught me a lot about myself and the world around me. It has given me a chance to reflect on my mistakes and for me to make some positive changes in my life. Every day, I wake up with a new determination to better myself and to not let this experience define me in a negative way. I have learned to value the little things in life, such as a smile from a fellow inmate, a kind word from a guard, or a simple act of kindness from a stranger. These small gestures have given me hope and have reminded me that there is still goodness in this world, even behind these walls.

One of the biggest challenges that I have faced here is the constant feeling of isolation, being away from my friends and family. However, I refuse to let it consume me. I have found ways to keep myself busy and productive through the educational and work opportunities that have been presented to me. As well, reading books, studying, learning new skills, and even journaling like this have given me a feeling of accomplishment, even basic, they are still worthwhile and enhancing to my spirit.

Perseverance is not easy feat in this environment. There are times when I feel like giving up, but I remind myself that I am stronger than my circumstances, and this is not permanent! I draw strength from my loved ones who constantly support me and believe in my ability to overcome this challenge. They have been my rock through this whole ordeal, and their unwavering love and encouragement keep me going. I can say that this has been one of the most important parts of this time is that support from them!

I know that my time here in not in vain. As difficult as it may be, this experience has given me a new perspective on life. I am determined to use this time to grow, learn, and become a better version of myself. I am hopeful that when I leave this place, I will have a newfound appreciation for the freedom that I once took for granted.

While serving this sentence is undoubtedly one of the toughest challenges I have faced, I am committed to persevering and emerging from this experience as a stronger and wiser individual. I am grateful for every lesson I have learned and for the opportunity to turn my life into something more positive and helpful for others!

William Kragthorpe