Knox, who spent nearly four years in an Italian prison before she was acquitted in 2015 of charges related to the murder of her roommate, revealed her guidance in a new blog post titled: âThe Art of Being Lost.â
In the essay, published on Mediumâs Forge, Knox compared her experience feeling âperpetually lost,â with how the rest of the country feels now amid the coronavirus pandemic, the economic recession, and the upcoming presidential election.
âItâs been five years since I was definitively acquitted for a murder I didnât commit, and Iâm still unsure what my best path forward is,â she wrote. âI donât know if I can ever restore my reputation or achieve anything that will impact my life as much as this external trauma has.
âI feel perpetually lost. This year, the rest of the country has joined me.â
But, according to Knox, this uncertainty actually allows room for growth, and can even be an asset.
âLife is a never-ending series of problems, but problems are opportunities,â she wrote.
Referencing her own experiences, Knox recalled how her lack of Italian meant she was âconfused and vulnerable in prison and in court,â before she eventually used her time in prison to become fluent in the language.
In addition to helping her with her own case, the 33-year-old said that her language abilities allowed her to help other inmates, who relied on her translation.
Knox also spoke of how her experience being vilified by the media and people she has never met has changed her, explaining that she is now a âcommitted skeptic of the popular narrative and far less judgmental about people Iâd never met.â
The constant public attention offered Knox the opportunity to shine a spotlight on other issues as well, such as the âwrongful convictions that disproportionately affect Black and Brown men in our country.â
âRight now, our society is lost. But what has been true for me is true for us all. Facing a host of seemingly insurmountable problems, with no clear direction ahead of us, we have incredible opportunity,â she wrote. âThere is no more fertile ground for radical ideas.â
Knox concluded the essay revealing that although she ânever asked for this life,â she âwouldnât trade itâ - both because regret âstifles imagination,â and because of the opportunities that arise in moments of confusion.
âSo when you wake up tomorrow, and itâs still 2020, and the dumpster is still blazing, ask yourself: What fresh hell is this? And what can I build here that simply could not be imagined in that older, safer, and simpler world?â she wrote.
Knox was convicted and acquitted of the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007 in Italy. Her 2011 acquittal was overturned in 2013, and she was again convicted of murder in 2014, before again being acquited in 2015.