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Adapting

Be like a Chameleon

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You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.

― Bruce Lee

Every living thing needs to adapt to the environment surrounding them. If they do not adapt, they will be working against their environment.  Chameleons protect themselves by adapting to their environment by changing into similar colors to their environment; however, if they do not adapt, they will be easily found by the predator , and the species will be extinct. The same rule applies to people: if we do not change, we do not adapt; if we do not adapt, we will “die.”To adapt, we must be like a chameleon, trying to adapt to the environment surrounding us.

The same goes for me. In 6th grade, I moved to the United States. I tried to adapt to the new environment, making friends and playing sports. I did not understand American culture. I was just trying to fit in. During my two years in America, I began to understand and adapt to my new culture more. Two years later, when I had to return to China, it was harder than I thought it would be. 

I did not understand the online jokes,simply because I was disconnected from the previous community for two years. I missed out and needed to catch up on those two years. I needed to go back to the tradition of being humble;  I needed to reconnect with my culture; and I also needed to return to my old self. Then, after learning all the basics and the cultures, I was able to fit in again. 

Different from the United States, there is a new trend in China that kids worship movie stars. Most of them have a movie star as their idol, and they talk about their idols’ actions and other movie star’s on TV and movies and viral videos online, whereas most of the kids in the US talk about video games and sports teams. It was awkward for me, because I was used to the sports team , and knew a thing or two about the video games; but the viral videos and worshipping actors, I never experienced before. 

I wanted to fit in. I just don’t like worshipping movie stars and focusing on viral videos, but I don't like to be left out either, so I needed to adapt. I needed to be like a chameleon and find a way to fit in. I went to my friends and asked them about the viral topics, and I tried to talk to people in school about things that interested them. 

Adapting changes us. Either we change, or we get stuck in the past. 




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