One day my friend JPM told me that I was like an orchid because I "rarely bloom," and I thought, "Hey! That's not very nice." Since then, I've looked up orchids and I've come to appreciate the flower. I've also read a bit about orchids and sort of analyzed myself to see if I really am like an orchid. Interestingly enough, it's been a bit of a learning experience for me.
By the way, this is one of my favorite pictures of orchids. Anyway, did you know that the orchid family is regarded by most botanists as the largest family of flowering plants? Yep, it's true. ....well, that doesn't really mean anything to me, but maybe you can come up with something. But.... when I looked up orchids in an encyclopedia, it said that discussions about orchids often leave the impression that orchids are "somehow different" from other plants. That's like me!!!! I'm "somehow different" from other people!
There's a wide variety of locations and climates in which orchids grow. There are some in tropical areas, and orchids can be found in the arctic, as well. I hope this is symbolic of me because I would like to travel all over the world and see many places. Some uses of orchids are: to derive vanilla, for medicinal purposes, as a seasoning, for eating, as a flour substitute, a substitute for gum arabic, and as a glue substitute. I like the glue one. I would like to be like glue. ...not because of that whole "I'm rubber and you're glue..." thing. One time I was told that I was the glue that held a choir section together. That was flattering. I was told by a friend once that I was like glue for a group of friends. Flattering. I like being glue. I like being an orchid.
Even though I'm "somehow different," and that could be construed as an insult, it's a compliment to me. I like being "somehow different" because I'm not afraid of being an individual and having my own opinions, even if they're unpopular or people don't understand them. I am happy to be me, and I want to be like an orchid and be able to "bloom" (cheesy, I know) in whatever situation I am placed, whether it be on a vine, on the side of a tree, in the ground, in the arctic, or in tropical areas. For more information regarding orchids... you should look it up. They really are cool flowers, despite being "somehow different."