July 5, 1999

I Have a Name!!

in·er·tia

  1. a : a property of matter by which it remains at rest or in uniform motion in the same straight line unless acted upon by some external force
    b : an analogous property of other physical quantities (as electricity)

  2. : indisposition to motion, exertion, or change : INERTNESS

© 1999 by Merriam-Webster, Incorporated

If that dictionary were illustrated, my photo would be next to part 2 of the above definiton. Not that I'm lazy (well I am but that's beside the point) but it's difficult to be very active while in front of the computer! (And in pre-computer days, in front of the book/stereo/TV..)

I guess I did the requisite moving around when the kids were little, lots of lifting, and stroller walking, and swing pushing. Now my mothering is limited to the verbal.. "Where are you going, who are you going with, when will you be back??" and if the computer weren't downstairs I'd probably never see this part of my house.

Exertion?? When I tell the kids I'm "allergic to sweat" they really don't know whether I'm kidding! The only exercise program I stuck to for even a short time was aqua-fitness for seniors (I was in my 30s at the time, but fit right in with the crowd) which I loved for two reasons:

  1. You're in water up to your decolletage, so nobody can see how clumsy and ridiculous you look trying to exercise;
  2. You don't sweat!! And if you do, it's washed right off!!!!!

The only part of the definition I'm uncomfortable with is the "indisposition to change" part. I'm not nearly adventurous enough, for a variety of reasons, some valid (allergies) but most neurotic. I remember realizing while pregnant for the first time, that my life would be constantly changing for the next 20 years or so, as my child(ren) grew. That's been cool.. but now that they're almost grown up and the focus shifts back to the rest of MY life, it's a struggle between a world of possibilities opening up, and better-the-evil-you-know.

The point finally being, the aim is for the title of my website (dare I say, Journal?) to be a constant reminder, challenge, poke-in-the-ribs, personal development tool, learning aid, horse-carrot thingy, and anything BUT a self-fulfilling prophesy!!

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