Physics And The Pandemic
As I was kicking around thoughts of writing a children’s book, I had a mix of story lines and other realizations. Nothing of real substance came up. Although it seemed to be a good idea to consult with my soon to be 14 yr. old granddaughter. She is very imaginative and has written some cool stories of her own throughout her young years. What better resource than conferring with one who is living infinite plot lines in real time? Since a meeting with K is TBD, I am temporarily setting this writing exercise aside.
Back to other notions and understandings. I feel the biggest thing that is plaguing me is flat-lining motivation. I’ve never scored high as a self-starter. I’ve always been at my best when collaborating with one or two others. This has become less viable the longer the pandemic goes on. Consequently, I find myself slogging around in passivity and inertia. Are you, too, feeling weariness from all that has been going on for nearly a year? From what I hear weariness is a very widespread state of being. What do we do? We have two options. We can do something or do nothing.
It seems easier to continue to do nothing, or very little. For our mental health going down that road is not the best choice. This brings to mind Newton’s first Law of Motion, commonly referred to as the Law of Inertia. It is stated as: an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. It seems to me that remaining passive, unmotivated, bored is not the better choice. Often we can get jolted back into motion by a negative force.
This brings us to the do something option. This also brings me back to my original dilemma. What force will I seek to get me going again in a positive way? Since I began writing this, I had a chance to talk with my granddaughter about a story. She is taking my request under advisement. I will not hold my breath. In the meantime, I am looking into taking a neuroscience course with a friend. That is, at least the start of doing something. And that’s the important thing – to just begin. Continue to watch this space.
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