Newtons Laws of (E)motion

Newt Had Feelings Too

If you went through the public education system of the U.S., you were probably at one point taught Sir Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion. The physical use of these laws is very sensible and after thinking about them for a while they become a sort of common knowledge. Of course, stuff doesn’t move unless it is compelled or forced to. Of course, the speed and distance an object goes will depend on its own personal dynamics. Duh, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Having even a minimal understanding of the world makes these laws truth. What’s interesting is that despite people’s seemingly extensive understanding of these theories, many of us fail to utilize them logically in our daily lives.

This semester has been testing me and pushing me to my limits mentally and emotionally. To a degree, I am being physically challenged seeing I don’t have as much time to time eat a healthy diet and go to the gym. While this is all true, this semester has also made me realize that Newton’s laws apply to more than just physics; his laws apply to working and daily activities. Since realizing this, I have felt a drop in anxiety levels and an ease on my stress. It is not gone, but the benefits have been miraculous.

The Law of Inertia

Welcome to the backstory! This semester I am taking my first of two capstones in which we are reporting for a local news television station. Our purpose is to work as political reporters. Let me tell you, this is not what I want or enjoy to do. For the first few weeks of the class, I have been attempting to just steam-roller my emotions and anxiety away. I blamed myself for not trying hard enough, I felt like less of a person compared to the people who are comfortable speaking to politicians and chasing them down when they don’t get a response for an interview. I quickly began realizing it wasn’t me, that I had been facing my fears, and that there is nothing wrong with not wanting to be a political reporter. Coming to this decision I decided to reach out to the professor.

In a four to five paragraph email, I reached out to the professor explaining my anxiety about assignments and my lack of enjoyment for what we were being asked to do. This was frightening. I normally don’t speak to professors let alone personally reach out to them for help or advice. Now, I’m glad I did. I should have realized something I was taught a long time ago, that nothing will change unless a force acts upon it. What did I think was going to happen? My nerves would one day magically disappear? Whatever I was thinking, it was wrong.

Sending that email was random and a bit out of the blue.  What matters is that it made all the difference. This one experience put Newton’s first law of motion into perspective for me. Something that stops us from viewing this rule in a way that applies to thought is that we assume the actions of others. Interestingly enough Newton did not say that objects move when they think about what others might do or think. No. Nothing happens unless we put our own effort into it.


Force equals mass times acceleration. How far we go or how fast we go is equal to the force that causes the action. The moment I had this realization that I wasn’t taking things into my own hands, a lot started to change. That email was one action. If I had never sent the email I never would have gotten a response and nothing would have ever changed because no one would have known anything was ever wrong. Before I sent the email, I was scared to do it because of what might happen. The professor might get angry, I might be told to drop the class. There were a lot of things that I thought might happen, but none of them did. Only the best came out of that action. After that email, I decided to up the force. When people upset me, I tell them and things have started getting better quicker. When people make me happy I tell them and we grow stronger. I put my force of energy into my life choices and now my work is easier and I go further quicker.

This is why being passive aggressive does not work and it really is a negative type of response to any situation. Passive aggression is a form of anger that culminates from and grows off of assumption. When a person is passive aggressive it means they have not addressed the situation and are showing unhappiness based off of a problem they believe to exist. The first problem with this is that we should never assume a problem exists. If you ever believe that there is a situation with another person, confront them and get answers immediately. Don’t let the idea that someone is talking about you or doing something you don’t like affect you. Just like a science project, make a hypothesis and then gather evidence and analyze the situation. Confront people, in a kind way if at all possible, when a problem is arising.

Equal and Opposite

However, passive aggression, assumptions, fear of what others may think or do, these are all based out of a very real and valid place in the mind. The third law of motion states that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. This means that when I sent that email my professor he could have either a.) not responded or b.) had a negative reaction. I could have been passive aggressive to my professor instead of emailing him, but it wasn’t his fault I don’t currently like to do political writing. I could have assumed what would happen and done nothing, but that means there would have been no force and therefore no motion. I could have had fear of what would happen, and I did, but I sent that email anyway. I’ve started confronting my problems anyways. I stopped procrastinating so bad and started dedicating time to study. It is okay to be scared, or worried or nervous. What’s not okay is to do nothing. Don’t let your anger or concerns sit in your brain bubbling, festering. Put in some action and make motion.

What Did She Just Say?

This article relates thought to motion. It puts scientific laws into play for irrational thought. It really is confusing, but it makes sense if you think about it long enough. Yet, to make a very long story short this all just goes to show that nothing will change if nothing is done. Stop wondering why you aren’t getting good grades, or getting that raise, or sitting where you should be. Ask questions because chances are you aren’t the only one wondering. Take action. Most importantly be yourself. This is the fourth law of motion but it only applies to thought (and I made it up): act in honor of yourself. Don’t fear what others might think about something you naturally want to do. It really is the cherry on top. Now, for an overview: law 1.) Take action, law 2.) Put in as much as you want to get out, 3.) Understand your fears are not without just cause, but you must face them to succeed, 4.) be yourself.

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