Everytime I fall, I will always have someone to pick me up, and another to carry me to safety. Afterall, isn’t that the overall message of Scouts worldwide? A scout is always trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Lord Baden Powell, the founder of Scouts in 1907 stated, “The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.” My Scout leaders have established a safe and welcoming environment for each person to freely express his or her self. They never fail to put a smile on my face, and I am proud to say that I now have the older siblings I have always wanted, who I can always turn to in time of need.
I met my Scout family about a year ago, when I awkwardly introduced myself to a room full of teenagers and college students, staring up at me. Little did I know, these people would become an essence to my life. They shaped me for the better, and encouraged me to find the adventurous, risky, and outgoing side of myself. They guide me in times of distress, and encourage me to lift my wings and soar up high.
One day, I sat in second period watching a Powerpoint my teacher had prepared, and he included a slide that captivated my attention. It said, “Be Prepared. It won’t help you avert disaster, but it may help you survive it.” I left the classroom that day, feeling inspired because my Scout leaders would always tell me how to be prepared, but now I also knew why.
My family is full of love, courage, and unity. We stick by each other, and always fight our battles together. I rely on their support, like it’s my backbone, and I try with all that I am capable of doing, to return the favor. I don’t regard them as just people I encounter every Sunday, but people I can truly relate to, and connect with. And our leaders are not just people who conduct our meetings, but they are my role models whom I hope to follow in the footsteps of, one day.
We were escorting people one day at church, and it was beyond crowded. Like, 3,000 people crowded because there was a huge event occurring. When nobody would listen, we held hands and made sure that people would form lines to achieve their destination. In that exact moment, I felt fatigue, and peace all at once because we were united to achieve one goal.
I became part of a life-long family, who carries and protects one another. And now, I can’t skip one day without longing for them, and realizing how blessed I am to have them in my life. My life has changed for the better. That is because I chose my friends wisely, and how to productively spend my time. Imagining life without any of them is painful, but not impossible. Afterall, they were the ones that taught to be my own person.