Looking Forward ONLY!

I wasn’t going to post this until tomorrow, but since I am home unexpectedly today, here it goes.
Tomorrow, June 8th, 2017, marks 13 years that I came home from prison, and while I am aware that I have done some good things during this time, overall, I am not happy or satisfied at all.
I know nobody can turn back the hands of time, but can’t help but dwell on the past, and how, even more than a decade before I was first locked up, my life started to become a mess, due in large part to my addictions, but more so because of my own poor choices.
I went from a total overachiever, to someone who thought the world owed him, and have certainly paid the price.
One thing I will forever remain grateful for are those who stood by me throughout it all, including my friends and family, especially my mother, who has allowed me back into her good graces, after all the hurt I caused her and my beloved late father.
I can only imagine how my life would be today, had I not taken a wrong turn, and, more likely than not, would still be working at CBS Television, in some supervisory capacity.
On the bright side, I am still in relatively good physical shape, continue to have most of my brain cells, and now possess a heart and conscience!
Therefore, since it is never too late, I will always strive to be a better person than I was 24 hours earlier.
Thank you all for reading this!
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About gman18

I came into the world on October 18, 1961. John F. Kennedy was President of the United States. The film West Side Story was released, and would go on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Major League Baseball was celebrating Roger Maris of the New York Yankees, who hit a then-record 61 home runs that season. I was an excellent student, although a bit of a class clown too. I spent a majority of my time playing sports, but fell in love with newspapers, which was how I was initially introduced into writing and storytelling. While attending Kingsborough Community College from 1979-1981, I served as editor-in-chief of the school's paper, and then joined the staff at Long Island University's Seawanhaka for my junior and senior years. At L.I.U. where I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism in 1983, I was also a selected member of Sigma Delta Chi, as well as Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. My last year in college included an unpaid internship at WCBS-TV, Channel 2 in New York City, where I learned so much about the television business. Upon graduation, I landed a job at the network, starting as a news clerk for The CBS Morning News with Diane Sawyer, and also weekend shifts for The NFL Today with Brent Musburger. After quickly rising in the ranks to producer, my life suddenly went on a downward spiral due to addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling, which ultimately led to nearly six years behind bars for robbery. My time incarcerated gave birth to my first published book, Jew in Jail, which tells my true story of how I finally decided to deal with my addictions and turn my life around, all the while under the toughest conditions imaginable of being a minority in the prison system, forced to fend for myself. Writing Jew in Jail - as I was doing my time - allowed me to become very introspective, and realize that I could help others in similar situations of being an addict and/or living with low self-esteem. Today, I still reside in my hometown of Brooklyn, New York, where I am working on my next book project, continuing to promote Jew in Jail, and always helping other addicts through my motivational and inspirational speeches, and one-on-one consultations.
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