2010 is the Year of the Tiger. In particular, 2010 is the year of the Metal Tiger. According to one website:
THE METAL TIGER 195O AND 2010
The Metal element gives the Tiger its sharpness in action and speed of thought. Tigers born in the Metal year like to stand out in a crowd. With an inspiring assertiveness and competitive demeanor, they determine their goals and then do anything necessary to achieve them. This good-looking character sometimes suffers from mood swings and temper tantrums. The Tiger can be known to jump to conclusions or to act too quickly without weighing the options or understanding the consequences. This is a flaw Tigers must learn to curb.
Speaking of flaws, and bluntly getting to the point, we should all stop that old resolution thing we do every year around this time. Promises are hard to keep, and Lawd knows I’ve broken plenty promises made to supposedly better myself. Nothing is worse than starting out another year disappointing oneself. Life will handle its disappointments regardless, so let us not add fuel to the fire. Plain old life will also always provide us with the good times, and the means to using the inspiring assertiveness and competitive demeanor the Chinese believe this year will bring for us.
All I can hope for you all, for us all, is the ability — the ever-elusive ability — to determine what our goals may be, and by goal, I mean anything outside of any superficial meaning of the word. Losing, or gaining, five pounds isn’t going to make or break you; neither is landing that oh-so-lucrative job on Wall Street (hehe).
In this “new” year, I only hope to keep in contact with everyone who’s entered my life whom I’ve decided to keep. I can only hope that we have all learned something, anything, to better ourselves.
I hope I continue to appreciate all the many and great, little things, which when considered and measured together, form great, big things. I hope the same for everyone else too.