Axel Ries
Eric  Hoffer once said: "Many of the insights of the saint stem from his experience as a sinner." I have no idea who he was, but his words ring true.

I'm not the  "smiley" type, growing up with teeth that could eat corn on the cob through a barbed wire fence caused that. Braces fix that, so I do have a decent grin. I am not perfect, I know quite well that I not always right & that I make mistakes have made more than I like to admit in my past, and will continue to make them; although I'd like to think I learned from them nowadays.

This is my first time being incarcerated, and I can guarantee it will be my last. I'd never been arrested before all this, and it was a very unpleasant experience. Along with all that followed. However, this changed my entire perceptive on life.

Before my incarceration, I was, simply put, and emotional unstable person; and emotions can dramatically distort one's motivations. Early alcohol use did help… Looking back, I see the error of my ways, so, I'm attempting a change. To better myself in any I can.

I've learned to to be totally grateful for all one receives, that things could always be worse, & negativity get you nowhere. Not saying that I'm immune too bad days, it's just easier to be optimistic. I'm attending college offered through the new directions program, working to earn my place in a trade that I not only enjoyed but will benefit me at my release.

At my sentencing I told the judge (along with everyone else and court room) that when I left prison I'd be a stronger, smarter,& overall better person. I will make good on. It won't always be easy, but nothing worth doing is.

For those familiar with the Myers Briggs personality types, I'm an ISTJ. You can find my facebook page at www.facebook,/ydl2n01, it should provide a look at my life pre-incarceration. I'm not exactly sure what's on it anymore, but I know shots of my ride are on it! I miss her…

If nothing else, living an "alternative"lifestyle brought some noteworthy escapes, respecting anonymity of course. I can't to be a completePOS, but I can come close :). I'm a lover of most music genre's, but I'm a metalhead at my core (literally & figuratively). I cannot express how difficult writing this was, I can only hope it was worth it. For both you and me.

Hope to hear from you!

Axel Ries # 20271678
2500 Westgate
Pendleton, OR 97801 USA

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