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“For a lot of us who get lost in the world, and aren’t loved as much as we think we should be loved, or aren’t cared for, we tend to find that other thing to fill that space. For me it was joining a gang..” — Damien
Paperback Guerrillas Whānau exclusive: my favourite taonga (treasured idea) from this kōrero was how the framework and brotherhood of Man Up helped Damien when nobody else could. This was an eye-opener for me. I dig deeper into that idea on our Patreon page here.
Damien has been in and out of jail and gangs most of his life. In our kōrero he talks about what drew him to gangs, the impact of role models, and how his last cellmate changed his life.
Most of our episodes are drilling down into the question of how our manuhiri (guests) got to the point of thriving and loving their lives. In this kōrero we spend a bit more time talking about what held Damien back from getting to that point.
If you’ve never been on such a path, I hope you take the time to listen and consider how some of us, like Damien, are placed on pathways from an early age, where it’s much harder to find a life of happiness.
For him, that pathway took him to a life of violence, gangs, drugs, and 7 jail sentences over a short lifetime.
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