My dad sent me the following extract from a gym newsletter a few weeks ago and I didn't bother to read it because, yawn, who wants to read boring extracts of text people send you? Then a couple of days ago I noticed it in my inbox and thought I'd have a look, just to be polite, you know. Funny how you find things right when you need to...
Chinese Year of the Tiger
As you may well remember, 2009, the year of the Ox, was all about patience, plodding on, carrying your load without complaint and not challenging the status quo – generally just plain old hard work. As of the new moon on February 14th, 2010 will be the year of the Yang Metal Tiger, a year that could be filled with intensity, change, travel, and challenge. People born in a Tiger year are said to be passionate, competitive, charismatic, proud, energetic, and very courageous. But let's go a little deeper. The Yang aspect of the Yang Metal Tiger brings out the masculine qualities of the Tiger and the Metal aspect adds steely resolve and determination. All our hard work in 2009 will help prepare us for the unpredictablity of 2010, a time to challenge the establishment. A good use for the Yang Metal Tiger energy is to examine stagnant parts in your life and get things moving, but it's just as important to stay grounded and take care to keep your core beliefs in sight, choose your battles carefully and act with maturity and wisdom. So get ready to move quickly and pounce on opportunities, remembering that “fortune favours the brave...”
I had my last day of work today and I leave tomorrow morning for Canada, USA and Mexico for 3 months. I have to admit that I am more nervous than I thought I would be, change can be hard, but I know I made the right decision. Right?
Now I better go and eliminate half of what I have packed in my suitcase to make room for all the shopping!