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  • Writer's pictureMarilisa Dolci

“No, I would never say yes to that.”

Does it sound familiar?


Some months ago, I carried out an interpreting assignment in a prison. I never thought I would find myself in such a context. A legal context, quite an emotionally-intense place to carry out work… I simply thought I wouldn’t be the right fit.


Then the request reached my inbox, and it was decision-making time.


I thought that first of all I should learn more about the assignment, so I did some research and I found out that Prison Law looks after the rights of prisoners.


Human rights, basically. Having worked with charities for over six years, this is now a subject close to my heart, a field where I have seen the importance of the contribute that I can make.


Especially after translating an article on suicide in prison and learning more about a topic I had never approached, it was clear to me that I couldn’t say no.


It certainly was an emotionally-intense assignment that required a lot of preparation, not just interpreting preparation. Plus, having previously translated an article on suicide in prison helped with the preparation.


But it showed me that constraints sometimes are only in our minds. We can push through our limits and when we do we start growing, personally and professionally.


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