15 Years Ago Today

Soul On Rice

I was a bit worried, scared I guess. I wasn’t sure what to expect. My release date finally reached reality. I had ideas and plans but I knew, especially then, that circumstances don’t always fall in line with plans. Desires and life aren’t engaged in a symbiotic relationship. As I stepped through those gates, my feet touching free ground, it was like entering a new world, like I had never before experienced freedom. I was unfamiliar with it. I’d forgotten what it was like to be free, what it was supposed to feel like.

I wore the clothes my mother and sister sent me in a “release package,” an orange t-shirt, dark blue jeans, very baggy, and the pair of Timberland boots I requested. There’s a picture of this moment, somewhere, I don’t have it with me now, but I remember it because I once framed it. I even taped…

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