Under normal circumstances, they are polar opposites. In fact, prison is actually defined as “a place in which people are physically confined and, usually, deprived of a range of personal freedoms.” Basically, if you have one, you don’t have the other. Simple enough, right?
As it turns out, it’s not always that simple. No matter what you currently believe about our correctional system, I would like to invite you to read the words of someone who has been there, done that.
Relatively speaking, I was not locked up for an unbearable amount of time: May 21, 2007 to August 31, 2010. In prison, some might call that short-timing. For me though, those days were more than just squares on a calendar. I missed four Father’s Days. I missed four birthdays. I missed four baseball seasons.
Then again, I’m not big on holidays, and as it turned out, I did get out just in time to see a few baseball games, and I was fortunate enough to be about 20 rows behind home plate at the Ballpark in Arlington when the Rangers defeated the Yankees to win the 2010 American League Championship Series.
So what did I really miss while I was locked up? Well, for starters, I was not at the hospital to welcome my niece into the world. And I was not at the funeral home to say goodbye to my uncle who passed away just a few weeks before I got out.
I was not there when my son took his first steps. I had no part in teaching him how to talk. I still don’t know what his first word was, but I know for certain it wasn't Daddy.
For that span of nearly 1200 days, I was not a part of my own family. Sure, they tried to include me – and that helped – but nothing can take the place of actually being there, and nothing will ever undo the pain of being absent for so many good memories that my family made without me.
So what is freedom? And what is prison? As it turns out, it’s not necessarily true to say that they can’t coexist. Contradicting as it might seem, the first time I ever experienced freedom was in prison.
And I want to tell you all about it in my book, The Blue Chip Store.
Risks and challenges
There are very few risks with this project. I've written my story to the fullest extent possible, so the editing process is likely to be an arduous one.
My biggest challenge will be editing and publishing the book in a timely manner so that the book ships in August as promised. I'll have just over 60 days to complete this process, which is possible but not easy.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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