The next day, I spent a day with an incredibly positive man with an uplifting spirit who, prior to December, 2018, had been in prison longer than I'd been alive.
I arrived at his house at 6:00 a.m., before the sun rose, which is when he generally does yoga that keeps him present and focused on his goals. We got too caught up talking about the lack of forgiveness in the criminal justice system and spent an entire day hanging out in Carlsbad, CA. He showed me old letters from his mother and his family grave sites. Shortly after getting massages, we went to the beach, where I witnessed the first time Campa has dipped his toes in the sand in 25 years. He talked about the ways yoga and meditation have helped keep him on track since coming home.
Mr. Campa taught me a lot about life, and we spoke a great deal about breaking down the boundaries between those in and out of prison as well as those who are generally accepted and unaccepted in society. This intelligent, ambitious person humbled me immensely and is someone I will remember forever.