Inertia, in terms of physics, is a property of matter by which it continues in its existing state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by an external force (Google).
In lamens terms, it means that an object in motion will stay in motion unless changed by some external force (gravity, wind resistance, etc.). On the flip side of that, an object at rest will remain at rest unless also acted on by an external force (a push or a pull by someone or something). In short, any object, whether moving or stationary, will continue to do what it’s doing until someone or something forces it to stop.
If we applied this physics notion to our own lives, we could say that inertia can be a good or a bad thing. If we’re moving in the right direction in life, we’ll keep moving in that direction unless some external force stops us from doing so. Alternatively, if we have been stuck and stagnant for a while in our lives, we will continue to do so until a force drags us out of it.
The latter instance is more concerning, and it’s definitely something I can relate to. There have been many times where I felt stagnant and waited for some force to come and save me. What I’ve learned over the years is that those external forces can do a lot of the work of shaking us from a stationary state, but we have to do the work in finding them. I can’t learn anything from books if I don’t seek out books that will help me. I can’t find new perspectives from a wise mentor if I don’t feel the need to ask. Over time I realized that by sitting and waiting for the forces to come to me, I was extending my state of static inertia.
What we all need is a bit of action to get the ball rolling. Yes, external forces can change your life if you let them. What we all need to do is find those forces that will push us in the right direction and get us moving. Just like continuously standing still is one form of inertia, creating motion and action in our lives holds the same property: we will keep doing what we’re doing until someone or something stops us. Get moving people!