Being born and raised in Chicago inner-city it was easy to blame my environment for all that had gone wrong in my life.
It took years for me to finally come to grips with the fact that I, and I alone am responsible for the choices I have made.
There is much in my life that I regret but unfortunately I cannot change my past. I also cannot continue to live in the past or allow the past to define me if I am to move forward in a positive, productive manner.
Having spent the past 30 years of my life incarcerated I have accepted responsibility for my past and I know that I owe a tremendous debt to those I have harmed.
I believe that along with being remorseful I also have a responsibility to participate in all available rehabilitative programs to assure that once my time is completed I can and will become a positive, productive member of society.
As of my out date draws near I will continue working towards transitioning into the person I believe I was meant to be. I believe forgiveness is absolutely necessary in order to move forward. Not only asking those we have harmed to forgive us but also forgiving ourselves.
No single chapter is the story of a man's life. I am hopeful that I can find somebody interested in sharing in my journey moving forward while also allowing me an opportunity to share in theirs.
My life is an open book and I am willing to share with, or answer anyone that may be interested in writing.
Richard Ausmus # B 02457
Lawrence Correctional Center
10930 Lawrence Road
Sumner, IL 62466 USA
Ad Start: 11-09-17