It’s the right year to start a blog about dragons.
As a kid, all I knew of the zodiac was printed on cheap paper placemats at so many Chinese restaurants. It was simple entertainment: find my birth year, find my animal, and decide if I thought it matched me. My sister and I laughed plenty at the results—the animals were hilarious when we were small, and the descriptions hardly fit. It wasn’t until later that I found out that there were people for whom it wasn’t a laughing matter—I heard words like horoscope and astrology and learned that some people—many people, even—take the zodiac seriously, letting it guide them in decisions like what job to pursue or who to marry or tell them how their life is going to go.
They say 2012 is a lucky year to be born—it’s the Year of the Dragon according to the Chinese zodiac. Parents want their children to be born Dragons, for Dragons are accomplished, intelligent. They’re also said to be magnanimous, self-assured, passionate, generous, compelling, and sentimental. On the flip side, Dragons can be arrogant, ruthless, opinionated, stubborn and demanding—but hey, at least they’re gifted.
Are you a Dragon? If you were born in 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, or 2000, you just might be! Take note if you have a January or February birthday, though—the Chinese New Year doesn’t coincide with our calendar, so those years officially start and end somewhere between late January and early February. You might actually belong to the previous year, or you might be a Dragon even though you were born in January of the next year!
Something else I found interesting: depending on who’s talking, the personality traits listed for any given animal vary wildly, and even contradict. Is there a standard? Those contradictions can’t all be correct…
Whether you pay attention to your Chinese zodiac animal or not is up to you. Whether the rest of 2012 turns out to be a lucky year or just another 366 days full of life with its ups and downs, I guess we’ll see. In any case, the Year of the Dragon is a great time to start a dragon blog.