Top fact: January is named after Janus, the Roman god of transitions and beginnings (and also the name Sean Bean’s character takes in Goldeneye). He is often depicted as having two faces (the god, not Sean Bean) and is supposed to represent the dualistic nature of this time of year – the simultaneous looking back and forwards.
I think this is an important thing to do. It gives us a chance to consider what worked and didn’t from the previous year, where we’re heading in the upcoming year and whether or not there will be tiffin.
God, I hope there’s tiffin.
Looking back at 2014 makes me realise quite how full on it has been. I started this blog, lost a load of weight, wrote a book, drove through most of Thailand, travelled, lived through a military coup, learnt how to play Van Halen’s Jump on guitar and became a dad. Those last two were by far the hardest.
A good year I think.
This year will be just as mad I don’t doubt and, whilst I don’t really do resolutions, I have a few things I’d like to get out of the next 12 months:
I have two novels in various states of development (read, barely formed ideas in my head) and I’d like to get them going. One is about two idiots who accidentally start a religion – comedy ensues – and the other is about a smart-mouthed Dutch trader in the Napoleonic wars. Less comedy but more buckling of swash.
I’m also hoping to do the second part of the Being a Dad book not least because the person who reviewed the book on amazon said they wanted more. Thank you – whomsoever you are.
This blog as well will hopefully continue in the eclectic write-all it has become. It’s funny to think that I first posted in April (when I was still in my twenties!) and that I’d hoped to keep this space as a food blog. I should probably post some more recipes at some point, just to show willing. Over time it has morphed into a travel/parenting/expat thing with jokes and diagrams.
Be A Good Dad.
There’s a whole heap of unwritten loading in that statement. Being a ‘good dad’ is so open to interpretation and has such inferred values attributed to it that it can be hard to define what that actually is.
To my mind, if I make sure that I am always around to be involved in his growing up, able to put aside work or writing to play with him and take on my fair share of the messy end of the parenting thing, then I’ve done pretty well.
Plan the Next Adventure?
In a year’s time we will be looking at whether we renew our contracts in Bangkok or decide to move on. It’s a hard decision to make, especially now with a family, but it allows us to make a big call on where we want the boy to grow up.
In any case, we will be having some quite long and serious chats about it.
Thanks to everyone for coming over to this site throughout 2014. It has been great to watch this site grow and become what it is. Hopefully I’ll see everyone here throughout 2015 as well.
Happy New Year!