United States of America : staying awake while doing time
Robert Lee Allen is imprisoned in the state of Michigan. He’s currently serving his fifth year of a 17 years-sentence. He wrote a text entitled “Sleepwalking” which we edited in a matter of length and clarity. Here is his testimonial
IN PRISON you either live in the past or in the future.
Anywhere but in the present. It is either that, or you have to accept this place as home. We watch TV, we read books, we tell stories. Everything to escape. We occupy our minds with hopes of a life that has yet to begin. Or with the thoughts of a life, long since past. We believe that life is happening anywhere but here. As if it has been frozen behind these walls, only to resume when we finally walk out of these doors.
We deserve the luxury of this perspective. We have earned the right to entertain these thoughts. It is much more comforting, so much ‘easier’. And to think any other way would be absurd… Right?