taking a "do over" on the whole new year thing.

新年快乐! Or, “Happy New Year!”  Today marks the Chinese lunar new year — though, well, with the time change and such there might be a good few hours before it’s actually the new year…  Either way.  We’re leaving the Year of the Tiger for the Year of the Rabbit*.

For some reason, I’ve never really cared much for the western zodiac.  I’m amused by the fact that I’m a gemini, but meh.  I don’t follow that.  (Slightly strange given that for a while as a young child, I was obsessed with reading Greek & Roman mythology.)  But, Chinese zodiac?  I still take it with a grain of salt (rice? what…), but I guess it’d be my preference if I was going to pick any zodiac.

It’s said that we’re coming off an agressive year — as the Year of the Tiger is sort of known for — and heading into a more “placid” year.  I don’t really know if I want a placid year.  I won’t take it if it’s a “ho-hum, nothing’s going to happen” year.  I don’t want that.  But I am ready for a calm and a stillness that brings recovery.  Last year was a hard year.  I’m ready for this mess of a storm to be over (and I’m not talking the Blizzaster/SNOMG!).  I’m ready to get my life back on track.

It’s a year for me to make careful, thought-out, yet bold steps.  To regain my confidence.  And you know what, the Year of the Rabbit sounds exactly like what I’m looking for.  This year will only be what I make of it –and I’m hoping for the best.

(So January, we can just look past this whole garbled attempt at this “new year” thing…)

*Or, in Vietnam, the Year of the Cat.  (The Chinese word associated with the Year of the Rabbit, 卯, sounds like “mèo” the Vietnamese word for “cat”.  And there you have the switch.)
**It’s also a “metal” year — which brings in rigidity and determination.  I can deal with that.  Robo-Bunnies taking over the earth, though… maybe not so much.