A few days ago when I was trying to figure out what the next blog I would write would be about, I realized that all my past blogs were about the different activities that we were doing to prepare for the USA tour so I decided to go with something a little bit different. Something involving more about me and my life as a debater.
I remember mentioning in one of my last blogs that I had joined the iDebate team back in 2013 which is when my life as a debater really started. I was sixteen at the time and I was at a point where nothing made sense. Three years before my Dad had passed away and my life had taken a completely different path. I had to change schools, move from the house I had lived in all my life and even my friends changed. Briefly things were complicated for me at that time and in fact my decision to go the camp (2013 debate camp) was because I wanted to escape and just be calm for a while.
Now that I think about it, it’s funny to decide to go to a debate camp, where everyone is speaking their minds and where at least every thirty minutes an agitated debate about the most random topic is taking place; to find tranquillity and peace. I remember people asking me why I was so quiet ( which I am by nature; I often tell people that I agree with what is being said or when I don’t someone else is disagreeing the way I would so I often don’t say much) and alone all the time but I really didn’t have a choice. Then one day my teacher (Jack) asked me to go in front and talk about myself. I stood there saying nothing not because I could not go with the normal traditional ” hi everyone my name is Harmonie and I like swimming and singing” but because I was asked to talk about myself and truthfully I had forgotten everything related to that subject (Me). I was literally just sleepwalking through my life, encasing all the hard blows life decided to give me and just existing. I then started thinking about me. In that camp I remember laughing deeply for the first time in a long time, I remember just being happy and joking around with friends. Today when I look back I see God’s work in my life I see clearly and understand his pattern (oh I forgot to say that I am one girl that believes in the existence of God and believes in his Grace and Love 🙂
When I debate, when I encourage people to debate, I do it because I know it is a way of liberating oneself . It does more than just improve one’s speaking and thinking abilities. In my case I say it’s the way through which God brought colour back into my life and keeps blessing me abundantly.
I still face difficulties (like everyone else) but I deal with them differently, I am now free to speak my worries out so yes Debating can Change a life.