How can we know what we are missing if we limit our experiences to only that which is familiar?
We are only given one opportunity to experience this life. This means that we only have one opportunity to experience ourselves within it. If we limit our experiences to only that which is familiar to us, we will never know who we truly are.
There is nothing wrong with developing tastes and preferences as we move through this world, discovering and deciding what we like or dislike. If, however, these tastes and preferences are based on too narrow a field of information, on too limited a set of experiences, we may never know who we truly are and if our likes and dislikes are truly our own.
This does not mean that we should be so promiscuous and whimsical that we never commit to anything. In order to truly experience life, we must go deep into ourselves and our experiences, as much as we must go wide. On the other hand, if our boundaries are based on fear and prejudice, our life and ourselves within it will be small indeed.
Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.
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