This leads me to discussions I've had guys who routinely wake up at 10am, eff off all day, and then watch TV until the wee hours, just to do it all over again, day after day. They say they aren't coming back to prison upon release. I have to challenge them as to what job they could possibly obtain where effing off and wasting daylight was accepted. Then they tell me that they don't have any skills, so it doesn't matter. It does matter. It matters to everyone. I want them to challenge themselves to get skills, to get motivated and to get right with life. If an inmate can't get right, he (or she) gets left behind and failure becomes an old friend. "There, there... Its OK that you won't amount to shit because you didn't try..."
But, I also know of free world people who struggle with this same thing. DO SOMETHING WITH YOURSELF! If some shithead in prison can host a meeting with an executive from Google, you can manage to do the things that you want that will build up your human capital. Do them! And if it gets a little chaotic and you think you can't balance the schedule, slow down, breathe, think deep about your personal boundaries and limits, and push them ever so slightly to achieve beyond your own imagination. Life is pretty damn short, so get right! Because if you don't, you only get left...
by Rory Andes
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