by Cody

Life is a choice that we all have to make. A choice to do the right thing or the wrong thing and in my honest opinion I suggest the right thing. Because where I’m at now is not a great place to be. I am locked up in a cage where I can’t break free.

I want to get out because I miss all of the little things like a bed, good food, and friends. I especially miss all the big things like my family, girlfriend and games. Since I have been in jail I have had a lot of time to think about what I should have done. I know now that I have rules to follow and I can’t do whatever I want. So someday soon I hope to get out and move. I want to push through life with fewer mistakes.

I hope that one day I will marry my girlfriend. I know I’m young but after I get out I am going to ask her to marry me.

Life is your story so make it a good one. Here is mine, I hope it inspires you to do the right thing.

I was three years old, just a little boy. I love chocolate so I tried to get one from the fridge. My real mother caught me. She tried to beat me to death; she locked me in closets and stuck me in floor vents; she hit me with chairs and called me worthless. I was taken away by CYFD.

My grandma took me in and fed me, gave me everything that I needed. Then when I was five I was in a car accident. My grandma broke both feet. My dad had three broken ribs. What about me? I had two black eyes, a concussion and bad memories.

I was seven when I set my first fire to a house next door. My mistakes only grew and led me up to this. Locked up inside a cage surrounded by strange people with keys.

All I think about is my girlfriend and how much I need to change and about all the good I can do outside these walls.

So I ask you this please, look deep, don’t let all the bullies tease you, please. Don’t let anyone else control your thoughts and feelings. Keep yourself in check and think before you act. Don’t end up locked away and throw away your key to freedom. Once a mistake is made you can’t always fix it. But if you think before you make the mistake, you have a chance to keep your key. Don’t get locked up just because it’s fun.

This is my final advice: think of what you have before you lose it like I have. Think about your family, love, kids, and life. Don’t put them through the pain I have. I am only seventeen but may my words inspire you.