And in the beginning I found being a scout very tough. It wasn't easy, trying to remember so many knots or then trying to figure out whether the star in the horizon was the North Star or some other star.
Eventually, I started getting used to it and very soon started enjoying it. But scouting wasn't only about fun and games though; I learnt a lot of new and interesting things. I also leant many things that are not thought in books. I learnt about duty, about honor and how to serve others. It also taught us how to model our lives according to great people, people like Nelson Mandela who overcame the odds and made a difference.
I didn't have to look far for such a role model; I just had to look at my family. For me one of the best role models I have is my dad. In some ways I always wanted to be like my dad. He was one of the first people in our family to get a college degree. No one thought he could, and most of them said what's the point of studying so much But he didn't listen, he still went, studied a lot and finally got a college degree. Now whenever they meet him, they look up to him. Here was someone who had overcome all the odds and did something.
This is why dad would always tell me how important education was. Right from the first day I joined school he always told me how important it was is in life. How it wasn't just about how to learn to read and write, everyone could do that he said.