Isaac Newton’s first law of motion says, “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted on by an unbalanced force.” That’s true for everything to an apple falling on a physicist’s head, to bowling balls rolling toward pins, to people.
I tend to stay at rest way too much. It is hard to resist the siren call of the television and the comfort of the couch, especially on January evenings when the Chicago air is frigid enough to freeze your cajones off. That’s bad for a few reasons–one, boob-tube watching doesn’t count as living life. Life is more than merely existing; it’s doing. Two, sofa surfing doesn’t get your heart racing–not even if you’re watching a scary film or an action flick.
In my 2017 resolutions, I promised to go out and do more stuff. Weekends typically are better, because there are activities almost ready-made, like party invites and football games and weddings and whatnot. I’ve pledged, though, to put on my to-do list things that aren’t already practically to-done for me, whether it’s going to see a play on a day that doesn’t start with an S, or venturing out for a healthy dinner at a new restaurant, or just walking along Lake Michigan’s shores (if the winter winds don’t whip the waves 12 feet over my head). Hopefully adding more adventure to my life will not just make said life more interesting, but make it longer.