…literally translated (I think!) to Lunar New Year, which begins tomorrow. Moreover, it’s the Year of the Rat and because I was born in the Year of the Rat and that the Chinese Zodiac calendar has just completed 2 cycles in my lifetime,… that makes me 24 this year! What an awful reminder!
Now, I don’t believe in zodiacs and horoscopes, but I did some lookup about the Chinese zodiac of the rat just for fun and as always, the description seems to fit my character so well! Even if you look up the horoscope of a Scorpio, you’re probably reading a pretty good description of me… I don’t understand how, but it just somehow is. *shrugs*
Anyway, just for the fun of it, since the Year of the Rat begins tomorrow, here’s an excerpt from the trusty Wikipedia about our attributes as special Rats:
Being the first sign of the Chinese zodiacs, rats are leaders, pioneers and conquerors. They are charming, passionate, charismatic, practical and hardworking. Rat people are endowed with great leadership skills and are the most highly organized, meticulous, and systematic of the twelve signs. Intelligent and cunning at the same time, rats are highly ambitious and strong-willed people who are keen and unapologetic promoters of their own agendas, which often include money and power. They are energetic and versatile and can usually find their way around obstacles, and adapt to various environments easily. A rat’s natural charm and sharp demeanor make it an appealing friend for almost anyone, but rats are usually highly exclusive and selective when choosing friends and so often have only a few very close friends whom they trust.
Behind the smiles and charm, rats can be terribly obstinate and controlling, insisting on having things their way no matter what the cost. These people tend to have immense control of their emotions, which they may use as a tool to manipulate and exploit others, both emotionally and mentally. Rats are masters of mind games and can be very dangerous, calculative and downright cruel if the need arises. Quick-tempered and aggressive, they will not think twice about exacting revenge on those that hurt them in any way. Rats need to learn to relax sometimes, as they can be quite obsessed with detail, intolerant and strict, demanding order, obedience, and perfection.
Rats consider others before themselves, at least sometimes, and avoid forcing their ideas onto others. Rats are fair in their dealings and expect the same from others in return, and can be deeply affronted if they feel they have been deceived or that their trust has been abused. Sometimes they set their targets too high, whether in relation to their friends or in their career. But as the years pass, they will become more idealistic and tolerant. If they can develop their sense of self and realize it leaves room for others in their life as well, Rats can find true happiness.
Happy Chinese New Year!