I’m a rule follower. It’s very difficult for me to say this. Honestly, I’m not ashamed. Yet I was shaking this morning thinking about it. I broke the law. I made choices that could have led to my incarceration, but I didn’t hurt anyone. I would never hurt anyone.
I’m a good mom. I’m going to be a great doctor. There are all sorts of stigmas that people could apply to me depending upon which aspects they see—and not all of them are accurate.
Do you really need to know what I’ve done? Is it enough to know that it was a felony, it’s over, and I’m a better person for it? I can acknowledge my criminality and my own vulnerability and that’s the root of compassion.