We can’t escape them and they’re inextricably tethered.

Momentum refers to the quantity of motion that an object has. Momentum can be defined as “mass in motion.”

Since I was a little girl, I can remember noticing that when I learned something new, like tying my shoes for instance, or finally managing a real cartwheel, I’d have a rush of excitement and accomplishment, followed shortly by a feeling of “ya but, you’re really bad at being quiet,” or “you’ll never be great at math.” I still experience this, but as an adult, it looks like saying yes to the next right thing and all the proverbial sh%$ hits all the fans.

Drag force is always opposite to the object’s motion, and unlike friction between solid surfaces, the drag force increases as the object moves faster.

Think about times in history great movement forward caused fierce pushback.

The civil rights movement, women’s suffrage, the birth of feminism, etc. just a few that come to mind immediately. I’m realizing more and more that my little girl brain was already picking up on the fact that we just don’t get to have one without the other.

Pressing forward with a new way of thinking, creating art, starting a book, posting a blog, diving deeper into inner work, healing old wounds, growing in your vocation, accepting your own worth, recording an album, running a business, raising a family…whatever capacity you might be cutting through your current atmosphere in, well, you’re also displacing what was in the way of your momentum before you decided to act.

Aaand that had to go somewhere too…enter drag.

You press harder into the new, and drag’s force increases as you pick up speed. And sometimes WE add to it with negative self-talk or allowing voices that try to tell us to shrink or slow down to hold our attention.

^ that last part is for ME

Someone very close to my heart recently shared her amazement on a FB post at “how so much love can stir up so much hate” regarding bigoted speech aimed at the LGBTQIA+ community surrounding the recent decision of the UMC. It hit me that her comment was exactly what I’m talking about here.

Change, progress, birth…nothing happens without that opposing force because new life and growth take up space. All the energy required to make social and personal change has equal, and often stronger, pushback.  Light and dark. They just go hand in hand. Even love and hate.

This isn’t news, honestly. It’s nature.

To me, the universe seems to be built on this idea of the expanding opposing forces of momentum and drag…yin-yang. I’ve been realizing that as I create more, say more, push ahead more, that drag is just part of the equation. It’s the “physics of the new” even though it’s been around for all time.

So keep your momentum on the days you’re feeling strong enough to push through and make that space. When the drag increases, and you feel like you’re losing the ground you just fought for, high-five yourself…because you must be kicking so much ass.