Rodney says: “2017 is going to be a good year for me…”

Rodney says: “When I move into the flat and stuff I want to pay for a table and then make it… it’ll probably be about the same size as that, maybe a little bit longer if anything…

2017 is going to be good year for me… Sue’s roped me in to do the sponsored skydive for LandWorks, we are meant to be arranging that… we’re all going to jump out of a plane to raise some funds for LandWorks… I signed up for a charity boxing event, so I start training on the 30th of January, I do 8 weeks training and then on 29th March I do a boxing match for Cancer Research… I’m just finding ways of… because obviously I’ve got 7 years now until my convictions are spent, so I’ve got a woman from probation who is going to help me with ways to tell employers about my convictions, so there’s a way to put it forward to them, and alongside that I want to do some charity work, things I can be doing in the community, so I can say yes I did things, I’ve gone to alcohol rehabilitation, I’ve done charity work…

I can’t wait, I said last year, you know I got in trouble in December with a knife, and I was like right, 2016 is going to be a good year and I got arrested for drunk and disorderly New Year’s eve, you know I didn’t even get 2 hours into the year, so it’s on-wards and upwards and I am just going to try and make the best of a bad situation, it’s two years…

I know that I’ll feel a lot better when probation is out of the way… I got 2 years, so another year and 11 months more or less… I mean I’ve got about a year left on my first suspended sentence, and then once that one’s out of the way, I’ve got a year left on the other one and then I’m done, which is a lot to think about really, considering I’ll be 21 by the time I’m off, 6 months after my 21st birthday I’ll come off of probation, and then it’s 7 years before my convictions are spent, so I’ve got to tell every employer until I’m 28…

You know this year, I plan to quit smoking, not official [new year’s resolution] because otherwise I fail if they don’t happen, but they are yeah, they are in theory, you know just get in shape, put some weight on, just sort of get myself looking healthy again, I’m a bit fed up being tired all the time, always and it’s rubbish…

Getting in shape, doing at least one martial art, going to the gym,  you know, build up family relationships, and just sort of… see my brother more, I think it’s time for me to start sending my older brother money rather than the other way around… build better relationships with my mum and my sisters…

I’m going to be coming off the meds in the New Year too, that’s the aim… I usually take 3 of xxx and 3 of xxx at night, so I’m just going to take it down to one of each… just use martial arts and exercise and work as a means of… you know I won’t be half as depressed if I’m working and doing something, and looking forward to… I’ll start looking healthier, I’ll start feeling healthier, and hopefully on the overall it will help me feel better as a person, you know to be able to look in the mirror, and not see eyes like piss holes in the snow, I’ll just feel like I’m doing better and that will be half the battle already…”


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