There's more in you than you think

“If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.” – Buddha

Here at The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, we often stress that the Award acts as a blueprint to transform the lives of those who participate in it. With the immense amount of pressure that society puts on you to succeed, it is easy to get caught up in your own life and your own issues, forgetting that you are part of something so much bigger than yourself.

One of the most important components of the Award is the Service sections. The Duke encourages participants to give back to their communities because we know that when serving others, we are really serving ourselves. By connecting with others, 87% of our participants said they gained perspective on their community.

Often in our journey of self-discovery, we forget to take a step back. Sometimes when we are so focused on one aspect of our life, (material possessions, passing a test etc.) we can lose perspective on the bigger picture. At some point in everyone’s life they will find themselves asking: Who am I? And why am I here? Sometimes, to realize who we are, we need to step outside of ourselves. Sometimes, to illuminate our own path, we need to light the way for others first. Our greatest accomplishments can often be found in helping others, and helping our community to flourish.

If you are looking for some inspiration when it comes to finding volunteer opportunities, check out The Duke of Ed’s Top Ten Guide to Volunteering 101 to get you started.