Monday, April 11, 2011

Adaptability: never fear the unknown, embrace and learn from it.

Change is constant.

Never expect to stay too comfortable in any situation because it will change and there isn’t much you can do but accept and be flexible with it. Assess the change for yourself and handle it the best way you can. With any life situations, adaptability is an important trait to have because it will make transitions a lot easier. If there is an unwillingness to comply with change, it will be quite difficult to move forward in life. Yes, it is true change is constant, but change is always an indicator of growth. Whether physical or emotional, negative or positive, transformations will always make you reflect, learn and move forward. Sometimes you will embrace the change and sometimes you’d rather do with out it, but either way, it’s good to be able to adapt to your new situations.

The tragedy of the March 11 tsunami that hit Japan is a prime example of adaptability. Those closest to the area of destruction had no choice but to accept that everything they once knew had been destroyed. Now, it’s about adjusting to new circumstances and pushing forward. This last week, surviving children and teachers of the tsunami went back to school for the very first time. Officials stated that school’s have been hit quite hard with an expected 1,000 pupils perished. Despite the tragedy, authorities believe that reopening the schools as soon as possible would be a good initiative for stability and normalcy for the children. Japan’s prime minister, Naoto Kan, called for adaptability and told the students, “Please warmly accept your new friends who have come to study at your schools," said Mr. Kan. "Please support the children who are currently living under very difficult circumstances, and pray for those who passed away and, unfortunately, couldn't make it to school this April.” In all senses, Japan is trying to adapt to its new situation and try its best to revert back to stability.

Adapting to change is an essential life skill to obtain. But because humans are creatures of habit, we sometimes feel frustrated and annoyed as we are taken out of our comfort zone. To overcome the hardships that come with change, try to gain awareness of your immediate environment and analyze the change. Try to anticipate the change before it happens and make informed decisions by being curious and asking questions. But most importantly, be willing to step outside of your comfort zone and always think postively.

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