Newton’s First Law of Motion – An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted upon by an outside force. An object in motion will remain in constant, unchanging motion unless acted upon by an outside force.

Last night I took my 2.0 to Tae Kwon Do. Rather than sit for 45 minutes watching him, I decided to use up a small corner of the dojo to do some merkins. With the May Merkin Challenge in full-effect I was intending to use this time to challenge myself and stretch and get in some merkins rather than sit in an uncomfortable chair and watch someone else do all those things. I was still paying attention to my 2.0 and still noticing the work he was putting in while also bettering myself. (and staying out of the way of all the goings on of the instructor and the class.)

Apparently, the people around me did not like this. Not the people who own and operate this particular dojo, but the other parents/grandparents watching their 2.0s/3.0s. I was told I was blocking their view of their little people. (all 155 pounds of me with a 31-inch waist was completely blocking their view) I was also told by one of the grandparents that I wasn’t supposed to be doing that. This tiny square of mat was for the kids. I could FEEL their animosity at my simple act of doing push-ups on a tiny corner of the mat out of the way of the class.

What does this have to do with Newton’s Laws of Motion? Inertia. These people unknowingly were against me doing push-ups in a small corner of this dojo. Their state… non-motion. I was in motion having started my day at a beatdown at 0530. My intent was to remain in motion by using that “dead time” usefully. The catch is that these people don’t recognize their state. They were subconsciously against me doing push-ups (even if out of the way of the kids) because they are in a state of non-motion. It is natural for them to resist being set in motion. Inertia. Objects at rest remain at rest unless acted upon by an outside force. My simple act of doing push-ups was that outside force and they were resisting.

The world around us does not want to be changed. In physics, objects will continue to do whatever those objects are doing unless something MAKES them change. People operate similarly.

My personal take-away… don’t stop moving. And don’t be afraid to ruffle a few feathers along the way. Other people may not understand why I’m doing what I’m doing. But I’m not doing it for them. I’m doing it for me so that I can be a better version of me for my family and my community. Maybe in time they will understand and get in motion too. That is my hope and prayer for them.

QIC: The Mole

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