David’s story continues, as I shared with you guys on the last post, the guy is a happy, positive, look on the bright side type of person which I totally admire given his current circumstances. He has a different outlook on his situation and why it happened, different than most would have, I think. During our interview he shared that he has already gone through the very worst, that he has nothing left, his friends all scattered and disappeared after his conviction and he was stripped of every possession. This is why he is so positive, he’s got nothing left to lose. While he keeps a positive attitude, David mentioned that things are still difficult, mostly the feeling of being left with nothing and having to start over at 30 years old. I tried to dig a bit deeper into how he feels about the whole thing and what I found is that he ultimately believes it all happened for a greater purpose, he was on a path of total self destruction. Also, very selflessly he mentions how his ordeal prevented some of his friends from following his footsteps, he counts this as a blessing. That little part right there, shows us his character.
Yes, he's always been a bit of a mischief master, you can tell after talking to him for a bit or even by taking a glance but he can recognize the value in the consequences, there is no blame being passed around and takes full responsibility. He has some regrets, mostly putting his family through a very difficult situation, missing important dates in his sibling’s lives, I know he tries to make up for that now. One of the hardest things for him while in prison was to watch his family leave during visitation. Funny how perspective works, for me, someone that has never been through a situation like this I wondered why people close to him did not visit him more but he explained that the goodbyes become very hard, not just for him, for both parties involved, I get it now, I have a new perspective. If we balance this whole ordeal in his life, it is clear that the balance is heavy with optimism and acceptance. More on the final installment of David’s story.