Adapt or Die

Adaptability is the cornerstone of our species’ survival and evolution. The ability to consciously execute this trait in our daily lives is what separates the weak from the strong. How do you handle it when life throws you a curve-ball? Do you cower and give up? Or do you adapt and persevere?

It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.
— Charles Darwin
Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
— Stephen Hawking

I can assure you that life will throw you curve-balls when you’re expecting a pitch right down the middle. But the ability to exercise resiliency and adaptability is what determines whether or not we continue moving forward.

Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.
— Bruce Lee

Reminds me of a great scene from the movie Rocky Balboa:

Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!
— Rocky Balboa