I liked the bouncing ball metaphor as it reminded me of youth. When were young we are insecure and tend to overcompensate in order to impress or be accepted by others. As I have gotten older and more comfortable with myself I no longer have a need to impress others. I am also less judgmental of others.
I understand about feeling centered and coming from the middle. I’m still learning how to simply be and at to be still, but certainly my bounces are less extreme, lol!