Adapt, Comply, Acclimate… Conform?

There’s something to be said about the word adapt. Adapt is as diverse a word as any. From “acclimate” to “comply”, “conform” to “modify”. You can even say “come around” or “get used to”. Even “play the game”.

Defined it means:

a·dapt
/əˈdapt/
Verb
Make (something) suitable for a new use or purpose; modify.
Become adjusted to new conditions.

 

alexnashWhen I think of the word adapt though, I don’t think about how I can adapt to something, but what can I do to make things around me adapt to what goals I have? That might sound like I have control issues, I don’t though… At least I don’t think so… Pfft!

This weekend, my wife, boys and I were out on the town showing my sister-in-law some of the cool sites in Nashville. As we were walking around we saw some “obstacles”. Living a fit life, we instantly adapted these obstacles to “fit” us.

We saw posts to hop over.

leahnashThere were short walls to box jump onto.

More short walls to cartwheel, or front flip over.

There were steps that had railing for the boys to slide down.

We even found this sculpture that looked like some abstract, towering bike rack. It was cool to climb and pull up on!

We were rolling around in the grass, somersaulting in it, doing handstands in it.

pullnashvilleAll in this fantastic urban environment, this concrete jungle. There were areas that could be, and were made to, adapt to our enjoyment. We were all smiling, we were all sweating. It felt good to just play.

Anything and everything was, and is, our playground.

We do this all the time. Whether we are out in the woods and climbing a vine like its a rope, we make the world around us adapt to what we want to do with it. You could get all Zen and say its just us adapting to the world, because its already there. Hmmm, interesting thought…

colinnashHow do you adapt, or make the world around you adapt?

“The survival of the fittest is the ageless law of nature, but the fittest are rarely the strong. The fittest are those endowed with the qualifications for adaptation, the ability to accept the inevitable and conform to the unavoidable, to harmonize with existing or changing conditions.”
~ Dave E. Smalley

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