Wow. It’s been a while, and some of us may not have even met previously. So here goes: My name is Michael (or Moby to the fortunate few…hence, mobylives) and I occassionally blog here. I tried to make this big commitment to post weekly, however, that failed miserably. I think since that post, I have maybe blogged a handful of times. So, yeah, weekly.
I hate New Year’s resolutions. In fact, I went out of my way to state the best resolution I’ve ever made was to never have another resolution. That being said, that doesn’t mean new beginnings don’t happen. It doesn’t mean finishing a season strong and starting a new one with fervor. For example, in November of 2011, I had my appendix taken out. Minor surgery, was off work for a couple of days (bonus!), and then life resumed to normal. While I was at the hospital, they had to pump me full of high blood pressure medication before they could actually perform the surgery. Every nurse I came in contact with, every doctor I spoke to was all over my case about it. I told each one of them I would be fine, which I have been, but I wanted to correct the situation naturally. I hate medication, and hospitals for that matter, with a passion, so the thought of potentially being attached to a prescription irked me to no end. So I changed.
Since the surgery, I have lost 17lbs. to date. In addition to that, my diet has completely changed. I eat healthier than I have ever eaten in my life, and I actually enjoy it. Last year I ran 442 miles. More than most, but a poor effort from someone who has run 1500+ in the past. Now, recovering from an Achilles tear may have something to do with that, but still. So far in 2012, I have run 171. It’s February 8th. Finishing seasons strong, and starting new one’s running…it’s about maintaining momentum in life. I like momentum.
The reason I hate New Year’s resolutions is because they attempt to change momentum, or overcome inertia, two physics realities that just won’t go away. Momentum is defined by Dictionary.com as “force or speed of movement; impetus”. Inertia is defined as “the property of matter by which it retains its state of rest or its velocity along a straight line so long as it is not acted upon by an external force”. So, in mobylives English, inertia begets momentum, and vice versa. You see, we as humans, while always looking for something different, hate change. We do not like to be moved from our perch of comfortable. However, when the impetus behind our actions is a good, momentum is hard to slow, and inertia is difficult to overcome. There’s nothing wrong with being set in your ways. As long as your ways are set on what is good.