What Was It Good For?

I haven’t a slight idea about what I’m writing about, but if you’re reading this, it’s because it has come together. I’ll think about the title later.

So, why do I debate?

Debate, to me, hasn’t only been about showing up, presenting a case and winning or losing at the end of the day. If debate was merely about these things, I wouldn’t be here right now.

The first debate I had was pretty awful, because I had only gone for those things. It never meant any more to me than standing up, blabbering for 5 minutes and going back to my seat and honestly, it was boring. After the first tournament, my team and I decided to work extra hard to make sure we wouldn’t loose undisputedly again.

It was through spending more time with my teammates researching about a motion, having debate on my mind everyday, having endless arguments about an economic matter I found on the internet in Economics class, and being called talkative and argumentative that I found the meaning of debate in my life.

Debate has sharpened my leadership skills. My way of thinking has drastically changed since I started debating. I won’t say I was shallow-minded, but thanks to debate, I am able to read between the lines and see beneath the surface. It is through debate that I explored the depths of my writing and poetic capacities. I have learnt to listen thoroughly and to reply accordingly. I don’t give up on what I want without a fight. I am able to speak up about my discomfort and not settle for less.

And the conversations, yo! If I had a dollar for everytime I was told that I sound older than my age, Bill Gates would have nothin’ on me. In debate I have found myself. And I have met awesome people on this journey, by the way, who have helped me grow.

So yes, I guess the title to this post is going to be “What was it good for?” Alright.

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