In my journey inside, nothing could really prepare me for what was to come. Everyone's journey is different & I've learned these basic things in my re-entry and transition:Be patient (Especially with yourself), don't compare yourself to others (Your path is yours alone), and continue climbing the mountain (Obstacles will come, just keep climbing). Being in the trenches of re-entry & working with an organization that focuses on re-entry made me realize what my purpose really is-to give back. Surviving Board, paroling, discharging from parole...I've climbed that mountain. My focus today is to make a positive difference to the community I've harmed and the inside community I've left behind.