I’ve had many life lion moments in my life, but the one that always jumps out to me is my participation in the Duke of Edinburgh awards. In year 11, I took part in the DoE, spending 3 days in the woods, with nothing but a compass, a map, some friends and a backpack wasn’t really my idea of ‘a good time’ so to speak, but hey little did I know I’d conquer my doubts.

Starting off this challenge, I was extremely nervous, not only because I’d never done this before, but because it was something completely out of my wheel house and if I’m being honest, I was terrified, but stubborn me was determined to move forward with this crazy notion, every movie where someone gets slaughtered in the forest played on my mind on the drive over (don’t laugh please).

After we reached our destination, we were given a map, a compass and were spilt into groups, I wasn’t an expert on reading maps and my sense of direction well, that was non-existent, it was just me, my determination to conquer this challenge and of course, my trusty backpack.

To cut this short, by the end of the first day, by listening to those who knew better, and watching how they directed the group, I was able to read the map and follow the compass bearings without any fuss (I was so excited), and the second day, I turned went from rookie to full on tour guide (yaay me).

This little experience is important to me because it taught me that not only could I accomplish anything I set my mind to, but also that I could learn from any and every situation, good or bad. Today I’m proud to say, there’s no mountain I can’t climb, because I’ve defeated the mountain mentally before it even presents itself.

In life people will try to tell you what you can and can’t accomplish, do me a favour, do not listen, everyone is capable of greatness, of immortality, a little challenge like the DoE opened my eyes to this and got me to not only realise but harness my inner superman.

SO GO OUT INTO THE WORLD, SHOW PEOPLE WHAT YOU’RE MAKE OFF AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, ROAR LIKE A LION!!