#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I am Adaptable


When life gives you lemons, you do whatever the hell you can with it.

Adaptability has always been a human survival mechanism. If a specie doesn’t adapt, it becomes extinct. But the ability to adapt differs in everybody. Some may adapt better than others because of environmental factors.

I have been told by my current co-workers and supervisor multiple times since starting my current job of how adaptable I am and about how I can learn fast and don’t need a long time to get used to things.

I believe I am adaptable because of all the curve balls life has thrown at me when I was young – environmental-wise and career-wise. It was during those curve balls I realized I had no other options except deal with the situation or be a coward and runaway.

I have so many stories to tell related to those “curve balls” but I am going to save those for another day. Instead, I will focus on the one thing I don’t write a lot on this blog and it’s one of the things I haven’t been able to adapt and overcome and that’s public speaking.

2021 would officially mark the 10th year since I’ve joined Toastmaster – a public speaking club. Before my mom dragged me to a meeting, public speaking has been one of my biggest fears. Even if I didn’t have to stand before a crowd, even if I’m speaking with friends, co-workers, or family around a table, I would still get the jitters – hands trembling, leg shaking, heart pounding – minutes, even seconds, before I’m set to speak.

After joining Toastmasters, getting rid of those jitters became my goal and I thought if I do it often enough, those jitters would go away because of what the internet says about how the brain adapts and evolves during difficult situations.

Maybe public speaking isn’t difficult enough for my brain’s adaptive capability to kick into gear? But switching computer software is?

All I can say is of all the things and scenarios I’ve been having to adapt over the years, public speaking without the jitters has no doubt taken the longest.

Theme: Of all the things I am

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