Karate from the perspective of a beginning student. I hope I never lose the joy of discovering my abilities.
You know those cartoons where an angel sits on one shoulder and a devil sits on the other, and the bewildered main character is caught in the middle of a dialogue? My daughter, who aced Psychology 101, tells me Freud would interpret the angel as the super-ego and the devil as the id. I’ll run with that. Here’s what my super-ego and id might say to each other in the dojo…
Super-ego: No, you can’t run off and hide in the locker room! Spar with her. You’ll learn stuff!
Id: She outranks me by three belts, she’s taller than me, and she’s half my age. She’s gonna clean my clock!
Super-ego: It’s time!
Id: But I’m not ready! I’m not good enough! I’m OLD! OW, I got hit!
Super-ego: Relax and play.
Id: But I’m in a FIGHT! OW!!!
Super-ego: Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water….
Id: If our mind needs to be empty, quit trotting out Bruce Lee quotes and shut up already!
Super-ego: I’ll be quiet if you stop freaking out.