Laws of Motion

March 9, 2011

I was never particularly good at the abstract sciences & maths. Like Physics. Or statistics. Or advanced calculus. I prefer Biology and Algebra. There are more absolutes and less theorizing. But now I find myself back in Physics class. Don’t worry, I’m not going to geek out too hard in this post (I hope). My Physics still sucks after all. But I guess I am a geek. We’re just going to go over some basic Newton’s Laws of Motion. Why? Because they seem to directly relate to depression. Or at least to MY depression.

Newton’s FIRST Law
“A body in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force.” This is me during the day time. Once I get going I can keep going. I’m not necessarily effective but I can stay in motion. I can go through the motions. Once I’m out of bed and in the car I can go, go, go. Even if I’m just showing up places and not being a productive member of society. I’m in motion. And so I stay in motion.
But the converse of this law – “A body at rest tends to stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside force” – is also true. That means that once I go to bed I can’t get out of it by sheer will. Some force has to act on me to cause it to happen. This is also known as Inertia. And, in my opinion, depression follows this law perfectly.

Newton’s SECOND Law
“A body of mass subject to a net force undergoes an acceleration that has the same direction as the force and a magnitude that is directly proportional to the force and inversely proportional to the mass. Alternatively, the total force applied on a body is equal to the time derivative of linear momentum of the body.” What does that mean? It means that the size of the force that gets me out of bed is directly proportional to my speed at getting out of bed.
Going to work is no longer a strong force. Taking care of my Dad is not as strong a force as it once was, but it still beats work. So I don’t get to work on time anymore. Ever. But I can still make it to help Pops (it helps that Pops is never up early so I never need to go early).
I can make it to most appointments. But the importance of each event dictates how easily/fast I get out of bed for it.

Newton’s THIRD Law
“The mutual forces of action and reaction between two bodies are equal, opposite and collinear. This means that whenever a first body exerts a force (F) on a second body, the second body exerts a force (-F) on the first body. F and −F are equal in magnitude and opposite in direction. This law is sometimes referred to as the action-reaction law. The action and the reaction are simultaneous.”

More gobbledegook. My apologies. Let me translate. My father and I are the two bodies acting on each other. I’m the reaction, or the negative force and he’s the action. My (re)actions drain me but they give him strength. The more work I have to do to take care of him the more my energy is drained. And the stronger Pops gets. Normally this is good. This is how he’s survived cancer twice before. But this time I started out negative. I don’t have much more left to give.

But we’re like magnets attracted to each other. I refuse to delve into the physics of THAT at the moment – you’re welcome. 😉 We will continue to do this dance until one of us absolutely CANNOT dance anymore. I fear, loathe and look forward to that moment all at the same time.



4 Responses to “Laws of Motion”

  1. missohkay Says:

    Love the geeky post but hope you can overcome those laws. Sending positive energy to you & pops.

  2. Jess Says:

    Newton would be impressed with your power of motion. I am.

    Also wanted to let you know I gave your blog an award: The “Good Egg Blog Award”

    I know how much you have going on, so don’t worry about taking extra energy to pass it along, but just wanted to let you know I appreciate your blog.

    Wishing you the best.

  3. barrenlazza Says:

    Hi there

    You have had such a hard time lately. Is there anyone who can take up some of the slack for you so you can take a rest?

    Is there anyone who could look after your Dad for a bit while you take a break off work and off looking after him so you get a chance to have some downtime?

    Is there any outlet for you other than this blog? ie: do you have someone you can talk to (who you like and trust!).

    As I’ve said in the past; I admire your strength and ability to just keep on going but at some stage everyone needs time on their own to think and heal.

    • Stolen Eggs Says:

      I admire your strength as well. I do have lots of supportive friends and family. But my breaks a few and far between. Pops simply prefers to have ME around. 😉

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