Steven Dybvad – Personal Journal – June 14, 2014

by Steven Dybvad


In all the conversations I’ve had with Kurt, finances and job stability has been one of them. I’ve often talked about my concerns for having a good paying job, one that will allow me to take care of my family and also enable me to save money for my family, for my retirement and even be able to leave something behind for my children after I pass away. These are all very big concerns of mine, things I think about every day. I’ll be 36 years old when I leave here, as a recovering drug addict and convicted felon, with no savings in a bank, no stocks or bonds, no 401K, only a stack of bills, debt, and child support. This can be very overwhelming for me at times. I want nothing more than to succeed in life, from here on out, but it’s not going to be an easy task. Fortunately I am taking steps to insure a greater opportunity for success upon release. By establishing good relationships with people like Justin Paperny, I’ve been afforded hopeful prospects. Justin has already made suggestions for employment; I also have a chance to work for a lumber company in California, for one year with free room and board. I absolutely intend on leaping at the chance to do so, but having my parole transferred to another state is next to impossible and I’ll be on parole for a mandatory time of five years after my release. So I often sit and talk about my worries with Kurt, him being my only friend in here, I find it easy and even necessary to confide such things in him, or they’ll just fester inside my heart unnecessarily weighing me down. Kurt has recently offered me a position in his company after release, if I continue to struggle with gainful employment when he gets out. This is just another added benefit of surrounding me with positive individuals that are motivated for success in all aspects of life.

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