Disclaimer: random free association below.
Three days ago I was wearing a turtle neck, thermal, fleece and heavy-duty barn jacket.
Yesterday it was 70 degrees: T-shirt and light breeches. At 4 pm. My tall boots felt hot and oppressive. It stopped raining. Just like that.
Naturally, when the sun comes out, my first impulse is to reflect on the similarities between quantum physics and the nature of change.
No. I will never be normal.
The correct response?
Oooooo….pretty…warm….blue sky, great day to ride!)
Change makes me uneasy. I do not expect a good outcome. I’d been sad to lose Pops. Within a week, I had the offer of two more horses I absolutely love and have known for years: their owner is a friend and she didn’t want me to feel obligated, so had been afraid to ask. I enjoyed the heck out of myself. A 2nd level dressage horse and a retired reining horse!
Without constant rain, it’s starting to dry up. I could ride Melody! (Outdoor arena). So here we have my dread of change and uncertainty, and because of it,I get to be with more very special horses. I’m not uncomfortable with the outcome, no sirree.
Back to my “Oooo…nice day” mis-reaction. I was trying to integrate my whole hating uncertainty/change with: “Wow this is great!“. It’s a sort of the tree falling in the forest thing: if you hate change but love the results, did you really hate change?
The analogy I was making to myself: if I picture everything around me, including people and horses, as electrons, I can live a little more easily with the idea that everything is going to change. Because there is no stasis. In Quantum physics, there is no “zero-energy” state, only the least-amount of energy state. Everything is moving, even if it seems still. Knowing more about something can make it LESS easy to predict. (See Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle below.)
Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle states (more or less): The more precisely the energy of an object is known, the less certain we can be of its position in time. Vice versa too, which is really strange: the less we know about the energy of an object, the easier it will be to predict with accuracy its location in space/time. When I think of energy, I think of it traveling like a steady stream. In quantum theory, it travels in packets. An electron can move at one speed while it sort of builds up speed inside, and then suddenly jumps to a faster speed. If cars operated on this principle (observable anyway) we’d go along at 10 miles an hour, see the 25 mph increase sign, push on the gas pedal, and still go 10 mph until we hit a tipping point, say 10 minutes later, when we were suddenly going 25 mph.
It’s a very good thing this is all happening at light speed, or there would be an awful lot of car accidents.
This is my brain on sunshine. I’ll stop now.
I do have this tidy tidbit for you, the next time your instructor smacks herself in the forehead and yells at you: STAY ON THE 20 M CIRCLE, just once. Please.
Electrons (which we are made of, if we include the sub-atomic level) travel/exist as both particles and waves. Wavicles, as I dubbed it in college. My 20 M circles are both a circle and a squiggle: squircles. (Quantum physics and riding have a lot in common.)
Why can’t you make a perfect 20 M circle?
It’s impossible at the sub-atomic level. Who doesn’t know that?!
Mumble something about Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle and you’ll be home free.