Do you know what your New Year’s resolutions are going to be? Well, if not: geeks unite! And take a gander at my list of the best self-promises for geeks in the new year!
But the holidays are now in the rear view mirror. And it’s time to sit and ponder what you, as a geeky parent and family, are going to resolve to do/change in 2014. I’m still ruminating on the options, but I think I’ve come up with a good list to choose from that geeky families like mine might do well to consider.
So, if your still sweating over what you’re resolutions are going to be (or if you’re just keen to read an article about them…), take heart! And check out my list of possible awesome year-long commitments!
And if you commit to any of these, it will make you a better geek, a better parent, and a better geeky role model for your little geek.
6 New Year’s Resolutions for Geeky Families
6. Get in Geeky Good Shape
As self-professed geeks, we tend to spend a good deal of time in a sitting position. Whether we’re on the couch watching Serenity, on the computer watching Firefly, or at the office secretly reading The Shepherd’s Tale (do you see a pattern here?), we go through a good portion of our days and nights sitting down, sitting cross-legged, or hunched over our desk with a secreted comic book.
According to the Mayo Clinic, too much sitting leads to…
- Almost a 50% increase risk of death from anything and everything
- Approximately a 125% increase risk of suffering from a variety of cardiovascular diseases
Also, there’s a nearly 5,000,000% increased risk of not being able to stay on your feet for all four days of the San Diego Comic Con without pain and suffering. (That’s more of a made-up figure than a Mayo Clinic-sponsored one, but it’s still dang scary!)
If you want to stay healthy and fit enough to raise your geeky family right, consider the age-old New Year’s resolution of sloughing off the pounds and putting on a bit of muscle mass.
5. Watch Dr. Who–ALL OF IT
Okay, this might be a bit of a stretch for just one year… It might, in fact, have to be more of a new decade resolution. Because, to be perfectly honest, there’s like 5,000,000 hours of Dr. Who to get through.
But it’s totally worth attempting the feat.
I’m somewhat ashamed to admit that I haven’t watched anywhere near the entire Whovian catalog. But I’m working on it!
So come back to me in 2024, and I’ll tell you if I finally made it through. I mean, I have to try.
After all, how can you call yourself a True Geek without even attempting the challenge?
4. Read A Song of Ice and Fire Series–ALL OF IT
You watch Game of Thrones, don’t you? Yeah, of course you do.
But have you read the books???
George R.R. Martin’s crazy famous anthology of sword and sorcery and royalty and murder is unbelievably fantastic. Yeah, it’s kind of a popular thing right now with the awesome HBO show running, and when things explode like that, it can be hard to tell if the books is actually good or if it’s just “the thing of the moment.”
Well I’m here to tell you that it is that good.
So READ IT.
(You can buy them HERE.)
3. Make Your Own Geek Jam
The Holderness Family is all over the internet this holiday season because of their determination to completely geek out with their annual Christmas card/video. Set to the tune of Will Smith’s “Miami,” this geeky clan took family videos to all new heights. (Check it out below!)
Your challenge? Maybe you don’t have as much money or time or equipment as the Holdernesses, but you will dream up, design, shoot and edit your very own Geek Jam. It doesn’t have to be a Christmas thing or even a holiday-of-any-kind thing, but you are tasked with geeking out musically with your family TO THE MAX.
(Question: do people still say “to the max?” If they don’t, I sincerely apologize and will feel sufficiently shamed…)
BONUS POINTS for original music.
DOUBLE BONUS POINTS for special effects.
INFINITY BONUS POINTS for lyrically including the phrases “no power in the ‘verse can stop me,” “you shall not pass,” and “these aren’t the droids we’re looking for.”
If you decide to choose this New Year’s resolution, please, please, please send your geeky family video to us! We’d LOVE to see it!
2. Attack At Least One New Hobby
We geeks have tons of hobbies, but (if you’ll permit me to spout off a generality here) we tend to obsess over our chosen activity until we’ve mastered it completely. (Something I intend to illustrate with my Dr. Who 10-year marathon.)
Which can limit the possibility of acquiring new hobbies to a degree.
So, this year, make yourself pick a new hobby. Not to master, but to dabble in. And while you’re at it, try choosing something you might never have done just be chugging along the natural stream of your life.
We’ve written about it before, but maybe you should give participating in Fantasy Football a shot next fall. I think you’ll really enjoy it. There are player stats to memorize and analyze, there are great and epic battles fought on the open field, and when you get so excited about it you can hardly contain yourself, you can set up a little touch football game in the backyard to get the whole geeky family involved!
Other ideas for new hobbies include:
- Yoga/Pilates/Weight Lifting/Jogging/EXERCISE
- Writing (either fiction or -non)
- Scrap-booking (my step-mother does it and I SO wish I had an interest in it because it’s really freakin’ cool!)
But don’t let yourself feel trapped among these few hobby notions–feel free to choose of your own will!
1. Raise Your Kid as Indiana Jones
Okay, I swear this isn’t just a plot to get you to read a past Geeks Raising Geeks article. This is an honest-to-goodness sweet opportunity to raise your little geek in a manner we all wish we could have been raised…
As Indiana Jones!
I’m not saying your little guy or gal needs to go hunt Nazis or imperil themselves on rope bridges in India, but if you look at the traits that particularly adventurous characters has, you’ll see that he’s a really good role model!
Some of these traits you’ll spend the next year instilling in your kid are:
- Excitement about education
- Love of the outdoors
- Respect for ancient civilizations and modern foreign cultures
- A sense of honor, duty, loyalty and the rare (sadly) ability to see the difference between right and wrong
If you spend 2014 attempting to raise you own little Indy, you can definitely count that as a year WELL spent.
What do you think, eh? Any one of these will make for a pretty snazzy 2014. Personally, I’m going to do my best to stick with all of them.
Which will make my life a far more magical reality than it was in 2013. You know… for at least like three weeks.
Okay, maybe two.
What about you? Have you already made your plans for New Year’s resolutions? Let’s hear them in the comments section below!
And once accomplished, you can celebrated you victory with an easy and proud: