When I first started writing on the internet, there were a few huge, well-respected websites I dreamed of writing on. In the last 3 years, I’ve crossed a lot of those off my dream list: Budgets Are Sexy. Millennial Revolution. Marketwatch. MSN and CNBC to quickly name a few.
Today, I am thrilled to cross another huge writing goal off my list by guest posting on: Financial Samurai. I just hope it makes a positive difference in someone’s life out there. Making a positive difference in people’s lives is the most fulfilling part to me. So here’s the article I wrote for Sam at Financial Samurai:
DON’T EVER GIVE UP: SURVIVING 10 YEARS IN PRISON:
I walked into my jail cell. I heard the door close behind me. I had just been sentenced to ten years in prison. It was my first time ever in trouble and I was in shock. I didn’t know what to think.
The emotions came in horrible waves. I felt an overwhelming sense of relief at first. The night before, my attorney had braced me with the reality that the negotiations with the district attorney had not gone well, and that the state was going to be recommending 20 years of incarceration.
In court that day, the judged looked down at me in handcuffs and I heard him read his sentence in shock: “The state sentences you to ten years in prison. Due to sentencing guidelines, you will have no chance at early release or parole. Good luck to you.”
That night the harsh reality of being sentenced to 10 years in prison settled in my mind like slow mental torture. How was I going to survive it? How could I hold onto my sanity with such a horrible future ahead of me?