People are so weird and ignorant. I met this one guy a few days ago. Nice guy. Neat,clean,confident and very well spoken. He joined in a conversation about people going to,or have been in prison. As the conversation carries on,I realize that he seemed very insulting toward people who have been in jail. Making snide remarks about the “tipe of person” that goes to prison.
Later on,I get a bit offended by his remarks and confront him about it. “Excuse me. I’ve been listening to your demeaning remarks about people,normal,fallible human beings that end up in prison simply because of the choices they made and I feel somewhat offended by them”
He looks at me in awe and sarcastically replies, “oh please. Don’t tell me you’re one of those people who believe that prisoners can become normal part of society and blah blah blah”.
I calmly patted him on his shoulder, ” I used to be a prisoner. I was sentenced for 5yrs for possession of crystal meth and marijuana in volumes that would make a grown man cry. I was also a self confessed drug addict,with no regard for another human if they did not do some form of drug. I was a total waste of breath and almost died twice in prison. I came out after 5yrs and changed my life around. Now I ask you,would you have said the same if I told you right from the start that I’m an ex convict?
A few days later I walked into him at the shop and courteously greeted him and he gave me a lOok of disgust. I found out that he went all over town and slandered my name and labeled me. And that because I was honest to say what I’ve in my past.
Its sad to think that the choices we made in our past,can ultimately be our brand tag.
Its not the things we did in the past that make us who we are today. Its the things we do in the present that counts.
I’ve done a lot of bad in my past. I’m not proud of the things I’ve done,but never ashamed to talk about it