Life behind bars must not be easy. We wouldn’t know, but based on all of the documentaries we’ve watched, it seems like a sort of hell on earth that we wouldn’t wish upon our greatest enemies (not that we have enemies). But can you imagine how shocking it must be to see the outside world after spending several years in jail?
While someone is stuck doing time, the world continues to go round. Changes can be disorienting for some, while others might have mental breakdowns trying to adapt to the new world around them. Here are 50 stories shared by ex-prisoners of what they found the be the most interesting things about the world after being released.
Reverse Little Mermaid Effect
Not many of us can think of living without wading through the water from time to time. Sometimes, you just want to cannonball into a swimming pool or the beach, just for the heck of it. Well, what we take for granted is something that many prisoners long for.
According to this guy’s father, who was a counselor at a prison for over a decade, heard of inmates wanting nothing more than to submerge their entire bodies in water. Sure, inmates can shower to get clean, but they aren’t allowed to soak in their own bathwater like the rest of us.