Kinetic Energy and the Meaning of Life
The most important question you can ask for your health is a very simple one...
“Energy,” especially when it comes to the body, is one of those topics that get pretty hippy-dippy pretty quickly, depending on who’s explaining it to you.
But take a step back for a moment and think. What causes you to move throughout the day? How does your brain communicate things to the rest of your body? How do your muscles move?
The answer? Energy. Electrical energy, in fact.
If you remember back to seventh-grade science, energy exists in two states. Potential energy is the energy that’s stored up. It’s not doing much of anything except sitting there. Kinetic energy, however, is the energy that is in motion. It’s the life force that powers everything from the miraculous microbes in your gut to the distant stars growing in strength and brightness by the moment.
THE MEANING OF LIFE
Philosophers have been at work for centuries attempting to figure out the meaning of life. And while that’s still an open question, I’m convinced that energy factors into it. Namely, we’re supposed to tap into our kinetic energy and, well, move.
If you take a look at the diabetes and obesity epidemics in our country, you see a lot of potential energy. A lot of stagnation, and very little growth and change (apart from our waistlines, which, c’mon, that doesn’t count.)
Growth is one of the six basic human needs (along with, according to Tony Robbins, Certainty, Variety, Significance, Love and Connection, and Contribution.)
And growth is just another example of kinetic energy.
We are designed to change. To grow. To become wiser, healthier, better.
We’re not designed just to sit back and let the world happen to us. That’s a recipe, quite literally, for disease. For death.
So, you have a choice. We all have a choice. We can continue to commit slow suicide by eating the junk we’ve always eaten, spend our time avoiding the problems that come standard with each human life, to exist in toxic relationships with those around us, and keep remaining in a state of potential energy.
It’s Newton’s first law of motion. Whatever state of motion (or lack thereof) you’re in will continue until something pushes it in a different direction.
And honestly, I see the consequences of remaining in this state of stagnation every single day. It doesn’t end well.
But, again, Newton gives us the key. Allow that other force to move you towards growth and change, and you’ll find health and happiness.
What's Your “Why”?
And what’s that other force? What’s your “why” for getting healthy and staying that way?
For some, it’s knowing that your loved ones need you. For others it’s waking up one morning and deciding that enough is enough and it’s time to live. For some that “why” reveals itself when they catch a clear, terrifying vision of the future if they continue to stay the same.
Any of these reasons are perfectly valid for deciding to change your life and seize happiness.
However, most of the time, in my experience at least, that move from potential to kinetic energy happens after a serious health event. Which is a good motivator, of course. But why wait till that happens? Why not decide, right this moment, to take back your health. To move toward lasting happiness.
To choose, once and for all, life.
That potential energy is inside you, right now. It’s there to use. Find your "Why," activate that power, and start living the healthy, happy life you were designed to lead.