Tracey reflects on life outside of prison

Tracey Ferguson, a student in Literacy Network’s SCALE program, shared his story at Reading Between the Wines on May 3. Here’s the version of his story he shared with us in Literacy Network’s 2018 collection of learner writings, Thoughts of my Past, Dreams of my Future:

Life outside of prison is great. Seeing my family everyday, falling deeper in love with my girlfriend every moment that I share with her, and eating delicious food is everything I expected it to be and more.

My dreams for the future is to get married and to be successful in all of my endeavors. It’s very to me to put God first in my decision making process, so if I’m spirit led, I know I’ll be a good husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend to all of my loved ones. One of my goals is to own multiple income properties in the next five years. Affordable housing outside of the inner city is few and far between so I want to affect change by expanding to up + coming neighborhoods where kids will be afforded better opportunities than I had when I grew up.

In conclusion yea everybody has up + downs, changes + turn arounds. It’s not how you start the race that counts the most, but how you finish.

Thank you, Tracey, for sharing your story!