Stories from Inside 10: “Love Magnified”
We asked participants of the ADHD Corrections Project to share their stories of how ADHD has impacted their lives, and how this might relate to their experience with the criminal justice system. The resulting journal entries, written towards the close of their eight-week group coaching session, were remarkably thoughtful, hopeful, and compelling. While each inmate’s story is unique, we can also recognize in them some of the unfortunate experiences that are all too common among those with ADHD. With the permission of our anonymous authors, we’d now like to share with you these powerful first-person perspectives on the relationship between ADHD and the criminal justice system.
This is for my people, so close an understanding
Victims of this world & all of its demanding
Our voices are small to them becuz of a small mind
I promise that a normal one
among them is a rare to find
Everyone is not conscious like us
but seeing is believing
Beware of the phonies who always relish in deceiving
Remember that time? Yeah! When everyone was staring?
Actin very concerned but never really caring?
Those are the ones! Just bounce them from your mental
The fakes are spitting lies & its coming from their dental
Still the focus is on us becuz we’re too much to handle
Too real! With the ability to put diplomas on the mantle
I know its easier to hurt then to deal with the new
But things can be different I swear, I promise you!
OK! Things happend & things aren’t like they used to be
Let’s put our hearts our feelings out there so they can see
We use this for strength to build & make us strong
Then we step out like royalty after we’ve forgiven the wrong
at night when alone we ask ourselves, is it really worth it?
To hold on to some B.S. when we couldn’t even help it?
The anger, sadness, dark clouds & the pouring rain
No! Our tears means something it’s the hurt & pain!
So what they know now, they won’t be able to judge us
It’s not our fault! There’s no need to fuss!
We got this, can you call off the so called “sanctified”
Becuz we are living proof- that everything is magnified!”