Creating Our Lives

It is important to have some medium through which we are able to express ourselves.

Much of our life these days is spent on the receiving end of information.

We are bombarded with input and spend endless hours consuming other people’s ideas, opinions, and agendas.

It is easy to forget that we are creative beings.

While observation of and participation in the world is an important aspect of human existence, so is creative output.

Input allows us to be aware of and to understand our environment, society, and culture, but creative output gives us a voice within these and a means by which to change them, ideally for the better.

We are not here merely to be recipients of input, receivers of data, and followers of influence.

We are here to be influencers ourselves.

We are here to create.

Creativity, like all skills, requires practice, however.

It requires that we practice stepping back, processing our experience, and transforming that experience into something new, different, and maybe even useful.

We do not all have to be artists, musicians, or writers, but we do need a healthy, positive way to express our ideas, our feelings, and our unique perspective on some or all aspects of life so that our life is truly our own.

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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