So survival week went a little into this week. But that’s okay. I feel like the topic was well covered and hopefully I provided you with a lot of insight into just what it’s like to try and do something for some sort of financial gain while incarcerated. As I wrap this up, there is still one last part I want to tell you all about… How some here in prison “myself majorly included” try to really make it from such a negative environment.
This is survival at its finest.
The guys who are incarcerated yet still trying or maybe even trying for once to turn their lives for better.
But this can also be a double edge sword which I’ll explain more about in a bit.
First, though. There are prisoners who finally do reach a point where it is time to start working towards a better life for their self. This could be as simple as forming a plan and converting that plan to paper… something like I’m going to go home and get a job doing “X” making “Y” and paying “Z” towards getting myself back on track.
This is actually a great idea and everyone in a position such as this should do something along these lines.
Preparation is key to survival especially after released.
Still, there are other prisoners who do much more than just simply forming a plan on paper. They come up with something they can work towards while incarcerated.
Maybe it’s writing a book. Something a lot of prisoners attempt.
Or maybe it is some sort of business venture.
Maybe art or music…
Whatever it is, the prisoners who pursue things along these lines can find great motivation from just the thought of whatever it is they are working on to actually succeeding.
I certainly have myself. I have also pursued many different ventures throughout the close to 6 years I have been incarcerated.
I have seen a lot of things not pan out too. Which brings me to the double edge sword thing.
First of all, let me clarify one thing. In order to even attempt to find any sort of success from prison while in prison… You must first be willing to put in more work and effort that you probably have towards anything in your entire life before. You must also be willing to accept more rejection or defeat than you ever have before just the same.
The point of trying to be a success here in prison is ultimately to have that success carry over once you are released. But what a person in my shoes must be careful of most is putting all their eggs in one of these pipe dream type baskets, and then getting out of all these wild ideas of being successful and being faced with the possibility of that not being a reality.
If all we plan for is this one thing to be our ticket to the big time… Our ticket out of this revolving door style ride that is us being trapped in and lost to the system- and that one thing doesn’t work out as we planned, then we are so susceptible to falling right back into all the bullshit that might have originally landed us in prison in the first place.
That is why guys in my position and me as well must have a backup plan for a backup plan.
Personally, I have like 10 backup plans. Others should as well if they really plan to “make it” after prison.
Take into account a good friend of mine who was just recently released from prison, a fellow mural painter… My good friend Justin Young. Not only is Justin a phenomenal artist who is attempting to find success through his work, he is also now an author who just had his book released Move Dat Doe.
Congratulations by the way Justin!
With no misconception with just how hard it is to find success after prison, Justin is also working a legitimate job. All of this kind of rings in that whole “willing to put in more work and effort than you probably have in your entire life” thing again, doesn’t it?
I mean, who has to work harder than the guy incarcerate who not only wants to find better for himself he wants to find the best for himself?
The guy who works harder towards that while even locked up.
The guy who accepts all the hurtles and road blocks along the way.
All the rejection one is sure to face along the way in a situation such as this.
That is why, to me, survival in prison is deeper than just some hustle while incarcerated.
Survival is all the preparation and planning and all the long hours that in all reality may not ever amount to anything.
Yet still trying.
Joewriteshiswrongs… With this ever amount to anything fruitful?
Yet still I try.
My cartoons, caricature, paintings… the same thing.
Survival for me is hope…
“Hope” for something.