Jan 11, 2010 3:51 PM GMT
Just got out of jail last week from Cancun, Mexico after having been there for two months.
I foolishly (stonishly?) brought a little pot with me on my vacation, It turned into attempted smuggling.
I was well-treated, fed fresh food, allowed to communicate and had regular showers. I'm physically unharmed. My psychological state is another matter but in short I'm OK. Being back still seems like a dream state.
It was a very humbling experience, I learned a lot about myself (and Mexico! haha). I'm also now dedicated to ending the death penalty here in California. Ending the insane "Three Strikes Law" would be a wonderful achievement as well.
I'm closer to agnosticism and have a deeper appreciation for the smallest things. "Life can turn on a dime" is what the Consular Agent Anne Harris in Cozumel told me just before I got arrested.
There are so many heroes in my life now. The Consular Agent Bruce Gordon in Cancun did simply amazing work on my behalf.
There are so many lessons I learned and I could go on and on ad nauseam.
One thing struck me in jail: Sure I'm a nice guy, I work hard, have made a good career and a comfortable life for myself. But what have I done to make the world a better place? That was a sobering thought.
If you are reading this, the you should be aware that you are so incredibly lucky. You have resources and the ability to effect the world in such a significant way unlike many of your fellow human beings.
Trust me on this: you've got nothing to complain about.