So I was feeling pretty good after teaching submission and sparring techniques in class, followed by a couple of cold drinks and pizza with the students. Driving back along Darling St I could see that there were families out and people were enjoying the last of the warm weather. I was relaxed and attentive, slowly making my way home when I stopped at a zebra crossing behind another car. The car in front moved and I followed it across the crossing.
Just as I was driving past the crossing a large, rotund man, lunged and kicked at my car, screaming and yelling that I almost ran him over. I slowly drove off, assessing the situation, watching in my rear view mirror the scene unfold. The man was standing on the road taunting me, challenging me making a scene.
I was totally calm, not afraid and quickly came to the decision to move on and let it pass. driving away quite happy. As for the man acting out of his scared child on the crossing he really had no idea what was waiting for him behind the dark tinted windows had I been forced to act. It was his lucky day.
Before you lash out, have a quick think about whom you maybe upsetting.
You may be biting off way more than you can chew and it can quickly escalate over a minor trivial incident to a life and death altercation.
Remember there is goodness all around but evil can be just a thin veneer away and it can land in our laps with out provocation. Always be calm and cool and look for an out. Get distance so you have time to look back and assess.
Be scared but be sensible. If you have to defend yourself do so with direct intention and purpose.
Have a happy and safe Easter.