Since I was young I always felt myself drawn toward a dark path. Being from a small, lawless town in Mexico, to say that opportunities were rare would be a huge understatement. The only men in my area who drew great respect were members of the local cartels. And if you didn’t work for the drug cartels you were looked at as less than nothing, as if you didn’t matter. I was 15 when I began to emulate these criminals, submerging myself in an exciting and dangerous lifestyle. For the first time in my life I felt like somebody, like I suddenly commanded respect. I was seduces by the life, never realizing the terrible price I would eventually pay for my transitory success. I went from realizing a dream to waking up in a real live nightmare.
I’ve had ten years to grow up in prison, to learn how to be my own man. And I’ve reflected at length on how my previous decisions affected not only my own life but also the lives of my family. I know I want to go a different way upon my release in a year. To that goal I am placing this ad in the hope of finding some positive people to offer advice and encouragement. I’ve also learned that in order to have a great friend, you must know first how to be one.
So if you are a positive person, seeking honest and genuine friendship, I’d love to hear from you!
P.S. When you send a letter please do not use return address stickers. All stickers are considered contraband and the mailroom will remove them and I won’t know the address to write back! Thank you.