We’re all guilty of it. Feeling like we should come up with some crazy ass list of resolutions that inevitably fall away within the first few weeks of the year. Then we look back at them and wonder what the Hell we were even thinking in the first place.
The truth is that there’s no real reason why you should kick start a new year with resolutions. Why do you have to wait until January 1st to make changes? And why do they have to be for that year? We’re all in control of our own lives and if we want to make changes then that can happen at any time.
Saying that, it is that time of year again, so I’m going to make resolutions but I want them to be long term ones. I don’t want to get to the end of 2016 and think I haven’t achieved anything because it’s not a race. Plus that’s just setting myself up for failure and what’s the point in that?
There are plenty of things I want to do, some I NEED to do, and others that I just hope may be possible in the future some time. Some of them I know I can do and I just have to stay focused, while others I have absolutely no idea how I’ll get there. I figure if I write them down and people read them then (a) you can kick my arse every so often and (b) perhaps you’ll even have some advice for me.
So here we go: new life resolutions, not just for 2016 but beyond:
Be A Better Father
That’s not to say I find myself to be a terrible one. Trust me I’ve heard enough about bad dads to know I’m not one. I am a new one though and every single day is a learning experience. I simply want to better myself and do the best I can for my daughter. I have loved every second of having her in my life and she’s honestly the best thing to ever happen to me, and I just hope I can give her the life she deserves. I want to be able to do everything I can to make that happen.
Be A Better Husband
Again – I like to think I’m not a terrible one, but I don’t ever want to get complacent. It’s very easy to get lazy or make excuses about there not being enough time for this or that, but in the end it’s the sort of thing you just have to do and get on with it. I’m very lucky to be with someone that I love, who is a wonderful wife and an amazing mum to our daughter, and I want to be able to share all of that as a family.
Be A Better Friend
Sensing a pattern? It’s hard to explain really. A lot of the time I don’t feel like I’m the kind of friend that gets invited to hang out with people or stuff like that. Why? Maybe it’s now having a child, or maybe because of where I live or whatever else. But I don’t want it to be that way. I hope it’s not because people see me as a crap friend because I’ve always tried to care about people and be there for them. So whatever it is, I want to be able to maintain close friendships and keep those in my life that are important to me. Whether that’s those I met through conventions or online or whatever. It doesn’t matter. I just want to be the friend that they deserve.
I’m keeping this one deliberately vague. I adore writing. It comes so naturally to me and it’s something that really gives me something to channel all my thoughts and feelings into. So whether it’s blogging or reviewing or even a book – I just want to write. I’ve always felt like I have a voice and I want to be able to share it with people, and sure I enjoy doing Twitter and things like that, but I’d love to have something more focused. So if you’re after a writer or have any project ideas, do let me know!
I also have a book like this which I’m looking forward to writing in:
This really comes alongside everything else. I’ve done it before and I just need to focus, and this is certainly the most long term goal I have. I want to be around for my family for a long time.
Be More Confident
I never really know how to do this one, but it’d be nice! It has been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember really..