The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award which we call IA, in short, has been one of the great motivations of my life. Participating in the IA was a great step towards, exploring my own potentials, capability and talents. It also taught me some life-saving skills which I had no idea how to perform before. I came to know rather than just hear the phrase “Life isn’t always a bed of roses.” Even if it was a bed of roses, roses contain thorns no matter how beautiful they look and if we are not careful enough, sometime we might get hurt. So, IA has made me confident and I am happy that I joined it because if I didn’t I would still be a confused messed up girl.
For skills, I had chosen music. More specifically I played the guitar. I am really interested in guitar but the only problem was no matter how hard I tried the chords just didn’t come out well. But IA has helped me a lot in that factor as well as my teacher and my partner. For physical recreation, I took football as I enjoyed it. But I wasn’t good at it either. Only running fast and lingering around did not help me. But now I am really good at defence and my team has recently won a cup. As for service, I was sent to a school. There, I along with my partner taught the children Chinese, grammar, overall simple English, art, songs and also made them listen to stories and told the meaning of the words they couldn’t understand. The children enjoyed a lot but so did we. It was slightly difficult to deal with their behaviour but it was good to serve them. Sometimes we cleaned few areas which were quite dirty and littered. That one time we also went to a hospital and helped the doctor with a leg operation as well as learned some scientific facts and learned how to arrange gauze/ bandage.
Our journey was one of the most exciting parts of IA. We had our first journey (practice journey) in which we walked to Namo Buddha from KUHS. It was quite fun and we collected a lot of information about our history, Buddhist culture and the life of Buddha form the monks and the mandalas and pattas painted on the walls of the temple. Our next journey was the qualifying journey which was the final part of our journey. This journey was for two days and one night. It also was exciting, tiresome and wet but nevertheless, it was fun with the team. IA has taught me that we should be independent, confident and that we should put our talent and service to good use. But it also taught me that teamwork is really important and only teamwork helps in surviving the worst in less time with less despair. In a team, every mirth, sadness and even tiredness and load is shared so no one will have to bare it alone.