Darryl Duke was born December 14, 1959 in York, Pennsylvania. As a child he experienced much uncertainty in his life, and as a result, he began acting out and getting into trouble as a teenager. Despite being filled with fears and insecurities, through hard work and a drive not to fail, Darryl won a novice Golden Gloves Championship at the age of 16. It was after this, however, that he would begin a slow and steady pattern of drinking that led to an empty and unfulfilled life.
In April of 1996, Darryl woke up one morning feeling sick and terrified after a night of drinking, and knew in his heart that if he ever wanted to live a better life, he would have to quit. He used Alcoholics Anonymous and The Twelve Steps to help him remain sober and become a better person, but after several years of sobriety he began longing for answers to two questions that AA couldn’t give him. “Why are we here?” and “Is there truly a god of some kind?” As he searched outside the rooms of AA for those answers what he found convinced him that helping others was his calling in life.
Although he fails to be a better person than he was before at times, Darryl continues trying to grow and believing as hard as he can that something created life and the universe for a reason. Today, a belief in himself and the possibility that there’s more than just this world keeps Darryl moving forward on a path that he hopes will enable him to help people believe at least two things: That everything’s going to be all right even when it’s not. And that we can be all right even when we’re not.
“Some people say life is hard and has no meaning to it. Maybe life has no meaning except for the meaning we give it. I found that having a sense of purpose in our lives helps. I define this purpose as helping others. I’ve also found that by helping others, we help ourselves. In this sense, we’re all one. Life can seem hard at times. But if we use those times to grow stronger. And we use our experiences from those times to help others. We begin to see that life can be easier, and that it does indeed have meaning to it.” ~ Darryl Duke