The 2021 BJR Coaster

As a child, some of my favourite commercials were for Rainier Beer. Strangely, I don’t think I’ve ever had one.

If you can’t be an athlete, just lower your expectations.

Four of my 2021 coaster goals focus on very basic physical and mental health, trying to step up my fitness to a fraction of what it was three years ago. Oh, how the mighty have slowed down.

  1. Run a 10k in x minutes
  2. Do 100 - x burpees in 3 minutes
  3. Swim in the ocean, in one go, 100m times (100 - x)
My new competition.

Family planning

For my goals around family, I’m making sure I call Mom twice a week (Allo? Mama? Allo? Mama?), and making sure that every week, Leigh and I sit down to really plan our week (A fam. A plan. A couch. Hcuocanalpamafa!), so we are picking up what the other person is laying down.

Since it will likely be a while before I get to see Mom again, I’ll call her frequently to explain how these phone calls are primarily relieving my guilt of living half way around the planet.

And three other assorted goals for 2021

In trying to eliminate my allergy to property ownership, I am going to spend six weekends property hunting in Australia (The Squarest Meter).

¿Ay, caramba. A la escuela otra vez, BJR?

Scoring the nudist-clown-car-filled-with-claustrophobics that was 2020

2020 was such a disastrous year with my personal goals that I had to create a rating in between success and failure called “Well, In Spirit…” which is a close cousin to the participation medal for the kid who stood in the outfield and didn’t drool as much as last season. The final scoring:

  1. Cazzo! I never took formal Italian lessons and will not count Duolingo as enough.
  2. I wish I was a little bit taller. I stopped seeing the scoliosis therapist once she shut down her business.
  3. I live my life 20 kilometers at a time. Never did a bush/trail run of that length, or any length for that matter.
  4. BJR Confidential #1. I did not meet my goal about improving my approach to relationships.
  5. BJR Confidential #2. I did not spend the time to work on my largest personal bias. I am going to keep this one for 2021. It’s worth working on.

Glutton for punishment

Want to read past blogs about BJR’s goals? First, reconsider how you spend your time. Then, read on: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015



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