Isn't there some cartoon character, comic hero, video game avatar that pulls power from the ground? I have a memory, foggy and indistinct, like an image I glanced at without much thought, but recurring and recurring like something deeply familiar. The image swims up to the front of my consciousness about once a month, bringing with it a sense of invincible power, a burst of tireless energy and optimism. My soldier soul, one of the many casualties of artificially regulated hormones.
Touch the ground. Crouch down. Scrunch like Mario charging up, kneel like a sprinter finding your mark, one palm against the earth. Draw your power. Consider your trajectory. Prepare. To launch.