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New Year’s Resolution: Change the World

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 | 5 Comments

The end of the year always brings about the opportunity to reflect on the past year and plan for the next. As you can probably tell by the tone of my last few posts here and over at The Sexpressionists, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting lately. Our traveling journey over the previous year and a half resulted in a ton of amazing experiences and some great personal growth. We’re enjoying our “down” time right now, but I can’t help but to consider the future.

As of right now, we’re already planning to continue our running clinics with Merrell, though they likely won’t be as frequent. We’re still not sure where we’ll end up, whether we’ll move around or not, or another other “logistical” details.

Despite that ambiguity, I’m already planning some new ideas. Since it’s around New Years, I’ll consider them to be resolutions. The idea behind all my previous plans was to make a dent in the Universe; to make positive change in the world. The new ideas have the same goal. Here are a few:

  • Expand the running world with other forms of physical activity, including MMA. This is actually Shelly’s thing (yes, she’s a serious badass.) I see a lot of potential here, though. This idea will be accomplished through my often-delayed BRUcrew idea. I’ll also finish up my trail running book.
  • Get involved in the “green building” movement. This is an idea I explored several years ago, but haven’t done much with it. I’m hoping to help people less dependent on public utilities and make less of an environmental impact.
  • Continue building The Sexpressionist project. Teaching people how to run better makes them more active, ergo better health. Teaching people how to navigate relationships allows them to have better and more frequent sexual experiences, ergo even better health (and happiness.)

These are my big three for the coming new year. There are a few more ideas floating around, but I don’t want to dilute my focus too much.

What about you? Do you have any plans to make a positive change in the world? Share your ideas with the rest of us in the comments section!

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5 Comments

  1. brendan wild
    December 26, 2012

    Green Building is the only way to go Jason any area’s in particular you’re interested in?
    People who are into barefoot running do seem to have an interest in the enviroment which does include building/s as well as organics/ethical farming etc well that’s what I’ve found.
    all the best for your endeavours for 2013
    cheers Brendan.
    One of my goals for 2013 is to work out a way of building more ‘project home’ style houses that are very green/sustainable but still affordable till the masses can buy green homes for around the same price as a typical ‘dogbox’ its not going to change much…yet.

  2. Juha Myllylä
    December 26, 2012

    Well, personally I would consider MMA bit too risky for runner. MMA attracts too much wannabe-badasses, who probably have some background on weight lifting and have little control and big ego. Combined with something like kneelocks and you get permanent damage.

  3. Ken S.
    December 26, 2012

    Introducing barefoot runners to MMA is an interesting idea. Having participated in MMA for many years (even before the term MMA had been coined), I’ll be very interested to hear how that works out.

    In many ways, barefoot running and MMA exist on opposite ends of the athletic spectrum. Particularly the when considering the psychology of the two activities. The people I have known from these two groups have had very little in common, other than the wish to participate in a physical activity.

    No one can accuse you of not thinking outside the box.

    • Jason
      December 26, 2012

      Continually bringing the idea of barefoot running to runners eventually saturates field… time to move on to a new audience. Most mma fighters are:

      a) barefoot, and
      b) terrible runners.

      On the other side, most runners are… well, sort of noodly-armed choir boys. You’re not going to outrun a cougar… might as well learn how to throw a punch or well-timed kick.

      The fit seems perfectly natural! :-)

      • Ken S.
        December 26, 2012

        I hope you have great success with this idea. I must admit I never would have thought about trying to merge those two worlds.

        An image keeps popping into my head. It’s an image of barefoot runners with battered bodies and egos discovering that there is much more to physical fitness than high volume running.

        I hope it’s an image formed by too many blows to the head and nothing more.