Pushing Boundaries and Developing Skills

Growth and Skill-Building

It’s been an interesting month for me, as there have been some suggestions in the works for offering speeches. This terrifies me and interests me at the same time.

Now, not only am I a shy and somewhat anxious person, but I’ve also been trained by society in some ways to feel that my opinions are not worthy and that I’m more likely to fail than other people. Simply because I made a mistake and earned a record – over a decade ago. That big red stamp feeling never fully goes away if I’m being totally honest with you.

It is amazing to have that sort of suggestion thrown my way, because of those reasons. And it’s rather validating in a way, even if I still have that nagging voice in the back of my head saying…”Hahahaha – you’re gonna do WHAT? That’s hilarious!!!”.

Now, do I have any idea how to create a speech from scratch? …Not really…

Do I have any experience talking in big groups? …. (falls over laughing)

Do I have any experience with videos, editing, or uploading? …. absolutely not…

Am I gonna dig in, do some research, and create the best experience for my audience as possible?? …. We have a winner!

You know why I’m saying yes? I’m saying yes – because an opportunity is knocking at my door. I’m saying yes – because I believe in every felon that wants their life to be better – deserves the right to find a path to that. I’m saying yes – because growth might be painful sometimes, but it’s one of the most beautiful things in life.

It won’t be easy, and I won’t like all of it, but I know I’ll learn some new skills, some new ideas, meet new people, and have more chances to make a positive impact on how felons are viewed in society.

You and me? We’re both worth more than we realize, and we need to remember that. Start looking for opportunities to create positive interactions, and be a part of the change, not only in yourself and your life but the life of every other struggling felon out there.

Love and Peace,
Aza

 

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