"When you get out, not all of your plans will come true, not all the people will treat you like you expect; it is going to take time to learn the value of money (remember that you didn't spend it for the last twenty years). Also, you have to learn how to build relationships with everyone including your family members. Just because they visit you every month, you think you will get along with them - you might need to be patient with everybody for the first six months. After that, you are tired of some poeple or someone who mistreats you. Howevery, you have learn life experience your own way."
That's the advice of my friend Lucky from Taiwan after he heard that I was granted parole. Any advice coming from Lucky is good. After all, he was a life prisoner in California's Dept. of Correction. He served fourteen years and was deported back to Taiwan about four years ago. He felt so lucky that he changed his name. Since then, he's married, has a beautiful daughter, and runs hiw own business. Lucky appreciates life.
I look forward to visiting him in Taiwan one day.