Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Being Coachable: Are You A Cup Ready To Be Filled? by Jeff aka Ruth Utnage

I learned a long time ago I didn't know everything and the older and smarter I get the more I realize just how little I know. Going through this program called Defy Ventures CEO-YNL I had to come face to face with the realities of releasing from prison. Let me explain.

This chapter in a booklet we are working through and discussing is a "Business Plan For Your New Life". It asks some pretty straightforward questions, how will you get around to your appointments? How will you deal with your tattoos? Boredom? Reconnecting with family, how about friends? His will you spend your first 24 hours out? This goes on for nearly 50 pages.

I fully believe that if you are going to do something, give it everything you've got, take it seriously. I discovered, thanks to not being a know-it-all and being coach able, that I have been seriously impacted by prison and I need some help. This book helped me realize that I need help, plain and simple.

Like clothes shopping. I've never gone shopping for women's clothes or makeup before. The last time I rode a metro bus was when I was around 5, maybe even younger. I don't know how much a job pays, or what a gallon of milk costs...and come to think of it, I haven't had milk in 8 years, will I even like milk?

I am extremely social, I love people and talking to new faces. But I have been told that out there in the "real" world, as in... you, nobody talks to one another and I would be a social anomaly, peculiar. I have this image of a bunch of people walking around with their heads down and RBF's (resting b***h face, did I need to explain that?) on ready to karate chop me in the face if I say "Hello, how are you today?" and then introduce myself. That's how people describe the world to me, it feels like I am preparing to release to a world full of autistic children pretending to be grown-ups and socially responsible. Its scary.

Regardless, I am coachable and my glass is ready to be filled.

My question is, is yours?

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With Love
Jeff aka Ruth Utnage
www.lgbtqprisonsupport.com
 

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