Take The Trip (Some Unsolicited Advice)

Take the trip. Try new things. Do not wait.

Life changes quickly. Tomorrow is promised to no one.

Be brave. Take a chance.

Fear is an excuse. Busy is an excuse.

Conformity is cowardice. Procrastination is cowardice.

Embrace whimsy. Chase your dreams.

Every moment matters. Nothing is insignificant.

Your muse will not find you. You must seek it out.

Create your own inspiration. It is everywhere and it is inside you.

The world needs creativity. The world needs leaders.

Do not try to be someone. Do not try to be something.

Be yourself. Do something.

Uniqueness is a superpower. Do not forget who you are.

Be kind. Be understanding. Be generous. Be of service.

Collect experiences not things.

Not all relationships are healthy. Do your best.

Laugh more. Smile more. Play more.

Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.

Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Taikyoku Mind & Body and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

All photos by Robert Van Valkenburgh unless otherwise noted.

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