Freeform Katia

April 25, 2007

inertia

Filed under: musings — freeformkatia @ 8:55 am

Inertia is defined in the American Heritage dictionary as:

“Resistance or disinclination to motion, action, or change”

That’s me. Resistance to action.  I have a deadline on Friday and I simply can’t seem to get started on doing the work. This is an annual thing — so it’s not like I didn’t know 363 days ago that I’d have to write this little blurb up and submit it. Once I get going I’ll be fine. And really, I have no choice in the matter. It has to get done and I know it will get done. But I don’t have to like it.

It amazes me, really, the power of the mind over the body. Take for example the situation of when I go to the swimming pool. I convince myself to go. I gather my swimsuit, goggles, swimcap, soap, shampoo, flipflops, lock, etc. and trot over to the pool. I head downstairs, I get changed. And then I sit at the edge of the pool, my feet in the water, and spend a few minutes convincing myself that I’m ACTUALLY going to go for a swim. Who are we kidding? I’m 99% of the way there and I’m still trying to come up with an excuse to not jump in the water? At that point what do I have left to argue? The conversation in my head usually ends like this: who are we kidding? you’re not backing out now. just stop procrastinating and jump in. Splash!

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