A body at rest will stay at rest until acted upon by an outside force.
Ah, the Law of Inertia… One of the few scientific principles I know by heart, and one I often cite when I’m feeling particularly lazy. If it’s science and not a character flaw that glues me to my couch watching an “America’s Next Top Model” marathon on cable, who am I to resist, right?
I almost never think of the other aspect of inertia, though it is, indeed, a two-parter:
A body in motion will stay in motion until acted upon by an outside force.
Oh, right… Constant, unstoppable motion, the frenetic counterpoint to hours of sofa-sitting.
And that, in a nutshell, is how I spent October – careening from birthday parties to hockey games to meetings to former-office reunions to late nights at the office to lunches to tutoring to happy hours to more meetings to book group to a conference to another conference to oh-my-goodness-someone-stop-me-please.
My outside force has finally presented itself in the form of a week’s vacation at my sister and brother-in-law’s house in Houston. Hanging out with a four-week-old baby with a post c-section mom is the perfect low-key antidote to the craziness of the past few weeks. I’m looking forward to getting back in touch with the “at rest” part of inertia again.