I had two options for my blog post of the day. One – what was in the post. The real, ‘snail mail’ post. A thing from Spa Surgery telling me how to book in to have my vasectomy. Eek. The second thing that I thought I might like to blog about is something I’ve been thinking about for a while – years in fact – the Id and the Superego. I realise that each topic can help me write about the other.
I’ve always thought of the following analogy to describe the Id and Superego.. The Id (according to Sigmund Freud) is the part of you that says “I don’t want to get out of bed. It’s nice and warm and comfortable in here and it’s cold out there. I want to stay here.” whilst the Superego says “Come on, you’ve got to get out of bed. You’ve got stuff to do, if you stay in bed much longer you’ll be late.” Luckily, in this instance, my Superego wins.
The new analogy that I’m rolling round in my mind is… The Id (according to Sigmund Freud) is the part of you that says “I don’t want to go for a vasectomy. Not having a vasectomy means no pain and suffering, worry or anguish.” whilst the Superego says “Come on, you’ve got to go. You’ve got plenty kids now and you know it’s the best option for your family planning needs going forward.” Luckily in this instance, my Superego wins.
I think part of my original idea about writing about the theory of the eminent psychologist was that I think part of the trick to a successful life is to keep pushing your Superego to do battle with your Id, and make the Superego win. To recognise when you’ve got a positive situation that pushes you out of your comfort zone and go for it. There’s been a few things where I’ve let the Id win, like when I had a PT and was doing regular training sessions for a couple of months the stopped, and when I gave up on learning a new language and when I stopped practicing shorthand.
I guess these are smaller, Id v Superego battles though and much more protracted than the single biggy of a vasectomy. A vasectomy is easier to achieve that learning Dutch or Shorthand. Perhaps. In theory. Ish. Another phrase that works with this end of the world is “Once begun, it’s half done”. I like that. Often half the battle is taking the first step. It’s often the second and 181st step that I struggle with (as my last failed 365 project is testament to – a 365 photo project). Blog every day this year, and get a vasectomy. There. That’s my revised new years resolution (with your help, Super Superego I can do it). Maybe next year, Dutch and Shorthand.