Last week was the Chinese New Year. It’s now the Year of the Dog. I was born in the Year of the Tiger. I’ve done a quick ‘Bing’ search and I’ve clicked on the first website it showed me: China Highlights. I’m having a bit of a giggle here.
Numbers Lucky numbers: 1, 3, 4. Unlucky numbers: 6, 7, 8. That’s funny because there’s been a 1 in my address at Nanna’s and my current address. There’s also a 7 in my birthday. But, how’s it “lucky” or “unlucky”? Is it lucky if I eat 4 crème eggs? Is it unlucky if I only eat 8 chocolate fingers with the crème eggs? How are numbers supposed to be lucky or unlucky?
Colours Lucky colours: blue, grey and orange. Brown is unlucky for me. My car is blue but that’s not very lucky because it got keyed in Ireland. I’m actually wearing a brown and orange dress today, so will the lucky orange and unlucky brown cancel each other out? And in what way will these colours make me lucky?
Flowers “Lucky flowers” are a yellow lily and a cineraria. So, do I need to plant lots of these flowers? What will these “lucky flowers” do for me except attract wasps and bees and possibly sting my neighbours? Although, there are one or two neighbours I wouldn’t mind to be stung…
Directions Yes, directions. Lucky directions are north, east and south. Unlucky direction is south-west. How does this even work?
People born in the year of the Tiger are brave, competitive, unpredictable, and self-confident. They are very charming and well-liked by others. But sometimes they are likely to be impetuous, irritable, and overindulged. (Quoted from China Highlights)
- I’m brave. Flossie, aplastic anaemia and cervical cancer have taught me how to be brave. I wouldn’t necessarily say that I am all that good with self-confidence. Sometimes, I need a pep-talk. But I would agree that I’m brave.
- I’m competitive sometimes – especially if it means that I can beat my brother at something. If I’m ‘playing’ against children, I’m not so competitive. Also, if I am playing against a sore loser, I will do my utmost to lose. If they’ll suck the fun out of me winning, I can walk away with the satisfaction that secretly, I won…
- I’m a fairy predictable character.
- I could probably do with some lessons in charming from Flossie. She has to be somewhat charming to have been married multiple times. Maybe it’s a compliment that I’m not such a charming person 😉 However, unlike Flossie, I have some friends, so I consider myself to be well-liked.
- I’ve had to look up impetuous in my dictionary. FYI, it means impulsive, or rash. I try not to make rash decisions (except concerning dinner) but perhaps sometimes I do.
- I can be extremely irritable when it comes to Flossie, hunger, tiredness, too hot and when I’m not well.
- I am better at not being overindulgent. However, t’is the season of the Crème Egg…
With stubborn personalities and tough judgment, tigers work actively and boldly express themselves, and do things with a high-handed manner. They are authoritative and never go back on what they have said. (Quoted from China Highlights)
I would probably agree with this statement – but it could be true of quite a few people I know who aren’t born in the Year of the Tiger. If I commit myself to something, I give it my all. If I say I’ll do something, I do it to the best standard that I can. If I say I’ll do something, I will do it, and I don’t need to be nagged…
With great confidence and indomitable fortitude, they can be competent leaders. They will not make preparations for anything, but they can handle anything that comes along. (Quoted from China Highlights)
I can competently lead and I can handle whatever is thrown at me. But again, this statement could be true of many people I know who aren’t born in the Year of the Tiger. It’s not exclusive to everyone born in the Years of the Tiger. Otherwise these traits would only be seen in people born every 12 years. It’s a bit like the logic behind the other zodiac – the one where I’m a Virgo.
It doesn’t stop here. Did you know that the Year of the Tiger is broken down even more, depending on what Year of the Year of the Tiger you were born? For instance, I’m not just a Tiger. I’m a Fire Tiger. This means:
Optimistic and independent, with poor self-control (Quoted from China Highlights)
Optimistic – somewhat… Independent – definitely… Poor self-control – depends on the situation.
Now, this is the hilarious part: those born in the Year of the Tiger apparently enjoy “good health”. Overall, perhaps I do have “good health” but I have had a couple of “blips” during my adult years so far.
But picks up when it mentions all the jobs that I might be good at. They include: actor, writer, artist, pilot and comedian. I don’t really rate my chances at being an Oscar-winning actress, or a best selling author. But I wouldn’t mind having a go at flying an aeroplane while telling a few jokes. And, it’s going to happen now, because:
After their thirties they find their direction and gather wealth. (Quoted from China Highlights)
So, here it comes. I’m going to be rich as a pilot comedian.
But, true of me, the Tiger Profile ends with me not being romantic. This couldn’t be more true. I don’t do romance. I don’t want to receive romance. I don’t want to give romance. So, something about this profile is definitely true…
In my opinion, however, just like the other zodiac thing where I am a Virgo, it’s all a load of rubbish. I just wrote this blog post because I was intrigued by what I read on the Internet. I know that there are people who believe in this sort of stuff, but it really isn’t my cup of cocoa. I don’t understand how we can divide people into all these different groups depending on when they were born. The things I have read and quoted apply to people in my life who I know aren’t born in the Year’s of the Tiger – so they’re not ‘exclusive’ traits.
I am wondering, though, what other people believe. I like to try and keep my mind ajar… 🙂
Here’s me and my “tiger” (taken in 2011).