Small Pleasures

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Waking up at 4 am and getting on a bus full of teenagers sporting bed-head. Talking to walls. Changing into pantyhose in a cramped fast-food restaurant bathroom. Getting an inexplicable score and a blank ballot. These are the small pleasures that make us truly love speech. It isn't always the thrill of the competition and the ribbons and trophies we see every night before we go to bed. Sure, these things are great incentives, and things that we love. But there is more to speech, and to life than competing and winning. There are friends, inside jokes, long bus rides filled with games, and things we just can't explain. The small things really are the things that matter most. Sometimes I appreciate the games of silent football and laughing at crazy judges more than I appreciate the actual speech. 

I personally love the two hour bus ride of silence on the way to a meet.  It is one of my biggest small pleasures (haha get it?)  I'm practically the only person on my team who just can't sleep on the bus.  So everyone else sleeps and I sit listening to my ipod and watching the sides of the Indiana highways.  There is something empowering about being the only person awake on a bus full of people.  These two hours are my "in the zone time".  I play awesome music (things that get me motivated such as "Good Morning Baltimore", "Die Vampire, Die", "Get Back Up", "Fame", and others.) and remind myself why I love speech, and why I endure these early mornings and late evenings.  I get pumped up and it makes the day great. 

Another favorite small pleasure of mine is meeting total strangers and striking up a conversation as if we'd known each other for years.  You can't do that anywhere else.  Speech people are just awesome like that.  I've met some of my best friends through speech.  Most of these people are on my own team, but I have some great friends from other schools also.  You never know who you'll meet at a speech competition.

I think you're getting the point.  The fact of the matter is, no matter how much we love the major elements of speech, it wouldn't be what it is without the small pleasures.

haha, it is COMPLETELY true about being able to strike-up a convo with a stranger at a tournament and being able to talk like you've been friends for awhile.  Maybe it is because in order to do speech it takes a certain type of person?  Get enough of those types in a crowded lunch hall together and you're bound to meet people you enjoy. 

It's also funny how outside of speech, when you are just walking around in public, that you can spot a speechie outside of the tournament environment fairly easily.  Same goes for theatre kids.  I love it though.  You instantly know who the cool people are in the room, haha.  

I just had a run in with a speechie this week, LOL! I was making a joke about an awkward comment and speechie was mentioned. This guy's face lit up and he said "no, I get it...I was in speech too!"

I always liked the quiet on the bus in the early mornings before people woke up.

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