Bodies at rest, at motion

Inertia.
As a classical physics term, it means a body that does not move will remain at rest or, if moving, will keep moving in the same direction unless affected by some outside force.
But if apply it to one’s mental health, it means something completely different.
Sure, a body at rest will stay at rest – and sometimes that’s a good and needed thing.
But a body in motion needs to get knocked around a bit, for sanity, to keep it from continuing in one predictable direction.
Inertia has been on my mind these days.
To stave off a sure mental meltdown due to pressures real or perceived, you’ve got to keep moving. A body at rest will tear itself apart by remaining at rest – and letting that gray matter dream up all matter of dark and devilish thoughts.
You get out, you get on, you leave well enough alone and you survive.
Even if your life is in a weird state of limbo. And the darkness of depression hangs like the oncoming dusk, and you feel like giving in, cover up and pretend that the outside world can just kiss your ass for the moment.
A body at rest will remain at rest. It doesn’t mean the mind will rest. And this is dangerous.
A body in motion, getting knocked around, will travel from point to point and pick up energy.
Good and decent energy to go on and face the planet (without pills, even).
I spin, but I am not out of control.
I am at motion, willing to see where that singletrack goes, where that trail leads.
I am in motion.
Because I need the motion to keep me sane.

1 comments:

Steve said...

It's amazing how singletrack can keep you sane.