If you ever want to see just how broken this world is, go to prison. That’s what I did, and it has sobered me up to the reality of the human condition HARD.
Why am I in prison? Well I’m actually only here 40 hours a week…
you guessed it. It is my day job.
Here, I am a “Certified Therapeutic Recreational Therapist.” If you have not heard of that profession before (which is usually the case), it is defined by Webster Dictionary as:
Therapy based on engagement on recreational activities (as sports or music) especially to enhance the functioning, independence, and well-being of individuals affected with a disabling condition.
So what does that mean for me in a prison setting?
Well some people might view it as:
She does art and play volley ball with murders, thieves, rapists, drug dealers, and child molesters.
However, though the previous statement is technically true, as a therapist at heart I would have to correct them and say:
No, I do art and play volley ball with people who have made bad choices but who are not defined by their bad choices.
Needless to say, I hang out with these guys a lot in what feels like an informal setting since most of what we do consists of leisure activities; and you would be surprised at how comfortable they get. Put on some good music, play some cards, get talking, and they will end up pouring out their life story or what they did to get into prison detail by detail….
It’s honestly better than any Netflix show.
I am a bit different from my co-workers. A lot of my co-workers are here for the job security and heavy pay check, but I am here with a greater purpose in mind. You see, I am what society labels as a “Christian.” I believe in and have a relationship with God, and through that was led here to love on the people who need it most. Of course you don’t need to be christian to read this blog, but I want you to understand the perspective I am coming from. However, with my faith comes navigating making sense of a good God in a broken world.
A world that favors certain races over others.
A world that lets the justice system get away with unfair sentences.
A world that puts innocent people in prison.
A world that only gives a second chance if you’re willing to pay for it.
A world where people are so broken, not even the life of another person has meaning to them.
I could go on and on with that list, but all this to say that the “WHY” of the blog is this:
This world has a very dark side that the average person is not exposed to. So I want to expose it to you via blog. I want to share the stories, the lessons, the insights, what God is doing, the good, the bad, the ugly, and whatever I need to process since writing is a form of therapy for me.
I hope you enjoy it, and would appreciate feedback, comments, or questions (: