Shara Cooper

Start Now! by Shara Cooper

The old saying goes, ” Why put off for tomorrow that which you can do today.”
A powerful saying holding so much truth and principle that can govern any life into success.
If only this could be truly available for all people. If only.
Truth is there are limitations and stipulations for some.
Limitations for those incarcerated that is.
Unduly, we are forced to put off for tomorrow that which we cannot do today. And then tomorrow we will once again put off for the next day. The cycle continues on until the day we exit this place. What a sad truth.

The book that lay within the hearts of the undiscovered authors sit dormant. Why? Simply because of the outdated regulations that prohibit one incarcerated from sharing their writings with the world. So they are forced to put off for tomorrow that which they would love to do today. Hoping that tomorrow quickly comes one day.

Those that would love to attend college and obtain some sort of trade are finding themselves discouraged with learning. Why? Because classes are minimally offered while incarcerated or only offered to a select few. Even further, they don’t have the support or means to obtain adult education on their own accord. So again, they are forced to put off for tomorrow that which they would love to do today. Hoping that tomorrow quickly comes one day.

The many abled bodies that would love to put their hands, feet, and minds to doing something productive with their days and time are stuck in motion. Why? Simply because the Department of Corrections offers no form of competent work for the hundreds of abled bodies that it incarcerates. The assigned “jobs” available are a joke and shame to the Department and a waste of time to those incarcerated. So again, they are forced to put off for tomorrow that which they would love to do today. Hoping that tomorrow quickly comes one day.

Wouldn’t it be great for all if those incacerated could start now. Before you say “No!” think about it…Society as a whole benefits from any and every individual that learns,grows, and work to be productive with their lives. On the contrary, society suffers as a whole when individuals are left undeveloped and unproductive, creating a recipe for destruction.

For one to start now is not an altogether bad idea. Rather, to start now is laden with great benefits for development and productivity of the individual incarcerated along with wealth and success for communities all over society.

Can we please Start Now?

Shara Cooper
DOC #163560

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