Resolutions are meant to be broken, aren’t they? Or so they say. So this year, I decided I would try to make resolutions that make me feel happier, instead of having to do something just as a compulsion. This way I’ll probably be better off at keeping them till the end of the year.
Here are my 4 New Year resolutions as a dad/husband for 2018.
- Home = NO Office Work
I admit that I don’t carry office work back home regularly but then particularly near the weekends, I do often work late nights at home just to get things done and wrapped up. Now that I come to think of it, most of these tasks can easily be carried forward and done the next working day, in office itself. So my first resolution for 2018 is – home means NO office work at all. That is me time, us time, family time, reading time, virtual games time, outdoor games time. Personal relationships and spending quality time together with my near and dear ones ranks right on top of my list in the New Year.
- Unplanned Date Nights MORE Often
I was reading an article from The Huffington Post website here the other day and they were talking about how date nights take a backseat when you’ve been married for a considerable duration of time, plus why they are so important that they need to be marked on your calendar as a ritual of sorts. A candlelight dinner would be a nostalgic trip back to our courtship days – check. Not having to get things done or look after the kids and actually spending time connecting with each other – true, much needed. I don’t remember the last time me and my wife went out dancing, while back in our college days it was a part of our weekly routine and something we looked forward to the most. The icing on the cake? The children will get to have a good time being pampered (and vice versa) by their grandparents while we are out. A win-win situation!
- Actual PRINTED Photograph Albums
A popular photographer made this very important observation: Since cameras are making their presence felt everywhere from our phones to our tablets, it is estimated that in the last 5 years or so, more photographs have been clicked in the world than all the prior years combined! But then, where will these photographs end up? They’ll probably die a quick death in our phones itself when we upgrade to a newer model. I remember my childhood vividly even today as a result of the actual print photo albums we still dust off the shelf and open on birthdays and other special occasions. So my third resolution for the New Year is this: I will get an album of selected digital images printed for every occasion – birthday, anniversary or anything else – in the form of an actual physical photo album. My kids will definitely thank me for it one fine day.
- Family Breakfasts EVERYDAY
What could be a better way to set the tone for the day than breakfasting together with family, howsoever hurried it may be? Breakfasts are pretty easy to whip up (there’s always cereal and milk if running short of time), everyone is fresh and well-rested (hence lesser squabbles – hopefully – than during the last meal of the day) and the family can plan together for the day that lies ahead of them. A simple way to feel grateful for life’s little pleasures at the beginning of the day and get charged up to face the world head on – that’s how I look at my fourth and final resolution. What’s more, it has scientific backing too (read more here).
At the end of the year, I’ll fill you in on how successful I’ve been at keeping my word. Happy New Year, everyone!