Albemarle inmate: Take charge of your destiny

By: Timothy Richardson - Contributing columnist

Hello world,

Hey, how are you doing? I pray that all is well and in the utmost health and strength by the time this message reaches you. As for me, I have my trying times, but staying true to my words, thoughts and actions is what makes me stronger to push forward toward positivity. I will continue to be sincere while sending my love out to those who are living in the struggle, or caring for family and friends who are stuck in the struggle by choice!

First of all, I’ve learned that some people crave attention so badly because they want to be recognized (loved). But that shouldn’t be a reason for a person to pity themselves.

“The worst drug to be addicted to is pity.”

You have to overlook all of the negative and find something positive to deflect those distracting thoughts. Just imagine what I go through the majority of the time behind these walls. My belief is that everyone is rooting for me because they are depending on me, even if the next individual knows it or not. See, our (us as a people) thoughts are sometimes contaminated by letting other people’s predictions cause us to die spiritually, mentally or physically. But I am one true example of not letting anyone else’s predictions cause me to die in no way possible.

“Don’t believe someone else’s predictions if it doesn’t empower you.”

You are not who people predict you to be, that don’t define you! No matter what your current convictions, title or stature is, you still bring value to the human race.

I choose to be a strong individual, leader, to learn and to teach, and most importantly, to have some positive words that will move our communities. I will not stop until my people wake up! As long as we stay asleep, we’ll always be subject to become insecure. By being insecure, it brings dumb, negative thoughts in our heads that will cause us to display stupid, incoherent (actions) that can/will lead us to prison or a cemetery. Stop feeling like you’re not enough, because you are. Now is not the time to be chasing the negative validations of your mind. I want you to look in the mirror and tell yourself, “I love you.”

You have to love yourself more, and once you do, I promise you’ll notice a difference. Watch yourself transform slowly into a different individual every time you look in the mirror. Also, stop contradicting your words and bullying yourself. If you are waiting for things to happen for you without putting forth the effort, it’s not going to happen that way. You have to take the first step to achieve your positive goal, and yes, it can happen! I sometimes see people who are waiting for things to happen for them, which is a sign of pity. Don’t nobody owe you anything, so push forward and take the first step.

Just because I am labeled to be incarcerated (in prison), that doesn’t mean that my mentality has to be. From the physical aspect, I hate the way I get treated and these living conditions. But from the mental aspect, my mind is so far away from prison. I am constantly working on how I can help produce love, unity and peace back to our communities, or just to the kids who are traveling down that same dark highway that I’ve took in the past. My visions are positive and to treat others the way I want to be treated. My mentalality is free from what prison consists of. As much as I want to be free physically, I tend to have self-control.

Yeah, you know, “Master my emotions.” It’s not easy, so I won’t lie to you. But I encourage you all to “master your emotions” also and have self-control. Stay away from people and things that’ll cause you to act out on your emotions. Believe in yourself and stop waiting for people to tell you the choices and decisions you have to make. You should have full control of your life right now, with no one having power over you but your higher power.

“Keep striving for greatness.”

It doesn’t matter what anyone else says, because you should be the leader of yourself. It’s not easy, but it’ll be harder if you don’t put forth the effort. From your brother from another mother who loves you all dearly!

Oh, yeah, it shouldn’t have took this long, but to my sister Savina Blakeney, I want to say congratulations on your progression. It takes a lot of hard work to accomplish the tasks that you’ve achieved. Just know that you have my support in all your righteous endeavors. I’m proud of you and keep up the good work. #FreeSavina!

Timothy M. Richardson is serving a term of 14 years, two months to 17 years, nine months in prison for committing second-degree murder in 2009, according to state records. He was convicted in 2011 and is being held at Albemarle Correctional Institution. He has not committed any infractions since fighting in February 2015 and has a projected release date of Feb. 24, 2024.

Timothy Richardson

Contributing columnist