It is never easy to put our feelings into words.
We can talk around our feelings, but we cannot really, truly convey our feelings with words alone.
Sometimes words are the best we can do, however.
Sometimes we need to express ourselves.
Some feelings cannot be left unspoken.
Sometimes we cannot keep our feelings inside without them eating us alive.
It is better to try to communicate in vain than to live a life regretting never having tried to make our feelings known at all.
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 Kogen Dojo Self Defense Academy where he teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
All photos by Robert Van Valkenburgh unless otherwise noted.*
*Robert Van Valkenburgh’s black and white photography can be seen at My Darkness To Light
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