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It seems the world and everything in is holding you back
Keep pushing
The object of your desire is right around the corner
Your friends doubt you
Your family discourages you
Your believers lose faith in you
Still, Persevere
You are not defined by your failures
They simply tell you what to avoid tomorrow
Because tomorrow is already yours
You’ve already won
As long as you don’t give up
You’ve already won
Success is a relative concept
Every breath you take is a success
Every waking moment of your life a monumental victory
Against all odds
Keep pushing
Keep fighting
Keep striving
Keep flying
At all cost, you must Persevere

Disclaimer: The views in this article are those of the author. Prison Journalism Project has verified the writer’s identity and basic facts such as the names of institutions mentioned.

Manuel Pagan Jr. is a writer, father and passionate musician. His music can be found on Apple Music and other online platforms under his artist name “Zona.” He is incarcerated in Pennsylvania.