Many people make resolutions whenever a new year rolls around. I’m not one of those people. I’ve always believed that any given day of the year is as good as any to change something, commit to something, try something new – you get the picture. This year is no different for me; well maybe a little different. Last year I made a few decisions about changes that needed to be made in my life. Instead of just making those decisions and then sitting back expecting things to fall into place (like I have in the recent past), I also committed myself to taking the necessary action and continuing until each goal has been achieved. I stepped courageously into 2012 with a renewed vigour and energy, excitedly anxious about the adventure I was determined to begin living.
Without even realising it, I started my new approach just in time for the awakening of my Chinese spiritual counterpart. If you don’t follow Chinese astrology, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. An awesome friend of mine, Leanne Shirtliffe, gave her understanding of the personality of a Dragon in a recent blog post that I found to be extremely fun to read. (Let me just say also that if you pop over there and read a few more of her posts, you will find yourself the blissful recipient of many a belly laugh.)
As a person who washes down a good deal of cynicism and realism with a tall glass of belief in all things metaphysical and fantastical, I find myself in what I consider a unique position. While I have a very logical brain, I also possess a very open mind. I don’t really prescribe to astrology, but I do like to learn more about people and myself and one thing I’ve noticed is that some of this astrology business actually applies to me. Having had the pleasure of being born in 1976 (and thus having been able to eat dirt, play outside after dark and having to answer for my wrongdoings), I am a Fire Dragon according to the Chinese.
In general, Dragons are considered to be the most ostentatious, energetic and dynamic of all the creatures in the Chinese zodiac. We can also be tactless, impatient and impulsive, often acting before thinking and not always considering the consequences before jumping into anything we consider a challenge. Now even though I don’t follow horoscopes obsessively, I do have an appreciation for what they say about my character. I’ve definitely noticed that while I don’t fit neatly into the “Dragon Box”, my personality flashes through the many colours of that particular spectrum.
Important decisions were made by this particular Dragon at the end of last year on the back of a couple of sucker punches. This year I experienced my very first Chinese New year celebration thanks to a simple decision to be more actively open to adventure than I have been for a long time. Fittingly so, I was rewarded by a night of friendship and reverie. To top it all off, I will be changing careers this year. They say that we replace all the cells in our bodies every 7 years. Whether that’s true or not I’ll never know (unless one of you, my brilliant readers, informs me) but interestingly, when I leave my job next month to start a whole new adventure, I’ll have been there for 7 years. I don’t have my next step mapped out yet, but that’s how we Dragons roll. Sometimes I find that there are coincidences, and then there are coincidences.
What’s your (Chinese) sign? Do you relate to the attributes of your horoscope?
Do you have plans for 2012?