Monday, November 23, 2009

Letter to Maria Reyes (No. 4)

Dear Ms. Maria Reyes,

Yesterday when you told us about your speech about personal things that happen in your life it was dramatic, reality, and emotional. You are a strong woman because you have to live day and day out in a neighborhood that has nothing but violence and drugs, and on top of that you are a 3rd Generation Gang banger back in the day. The speech you gave us inspired me ever since I left the gym because I know things happen for a reason but I don’t want to be locked up anymore. I want a better future for myself. That same night I was thinking of what you said that your moms had to do 3 jobs just to pay the bills but also sometimes she even paid all of her rent and your pops was going in and out of prison. That hit me like a million bullets shooting through my body because I’m thankful that I have clothes behind my back and shelter for me to live in. But sometimes I wonder how it feels to be poor and banging on the streets because I gotten into so much trouble lately and I need a good punishment for my actions. I thank you for coming down to the detention center and telling us about your experience in life because when I get out of this joint I’m going to do the best I can to change my life cause I don’t want to be separated from my family and friends anymore. I wish you the best of luck and hope that your neighborhood changes for the next generation! But I got one question for you, if you would ever go back to the past to change anything what would it be and why? Be safe out there.



reyrey said...

I too believe everything happens for a reason. Even when you don’t know what the reason is, the reason is there. And only when we are ready, we will understand. You are the only one that can change your life begin today and take it one step at a time. I hope you see your friends and family soon. Only surround yourself with people that love you unconditionally and want the best for you.
To answer your question, I wouldn’t change a thing. I don’t regret the things that I did or didn’t do. It takes up too much energy on things we can’t change. I try to learned from it all and keep on moving. The past is history. I live for today and today only.
Thank you for your words.

Cheryl Duckworth said...

My dear Maria,

Just a note to say THANK YOU again for your replies to my students. I just saw them (Aug 2010). I've taken a position at Nova Southeastern Univ to teach and work on peace education full time, bu I know the d-home will want you back and perhaps as I get my peace education working group started here, you can come speak to my students here in Ft. Lauderdale!

Peace to you!