Out with the Dragons and in with the Snakes.
Today happens to be Chinese New Year on the side of the world that I just left.
One thing I loved about living in Asia was that I always got to celebrate new years three times each year. Once for “normal” New Years on Jan 1, once with the Chinese a few weeks later, and a final time around April for the traditional South East Asian celebration.
I’ve always been a fan of New Years. Not only the champagne and midnight parties, but I love the idea of out with the old in with the new.
I’m a self-confessed goal setting nerd and I get excited about resolutions. Sometimes I wonder, however, who came up with the brilliant idea to set your annual goals on the same night you’ve set aside for partying all night long.
This is why I like multi-new years. I get not just two, but three chances to start the year anew. For me that means two additional chances to revisit the goals I made in on my first New Years (although I’m pretty sure resolutions aren’t actually a part of the Chinese tradition).
If you aren’t up to date on the Chinese calendar, today we’re leaving the year of the Dragon and entering the year of the Snake.
Last year I was all about conquering the dragons, but I have to admit it is hard to get very excited about snakes. Snakes scare me.
When regular new years rolled around in January, I set my big 2013 goal to define what “home” looks like for me now and in the future. This sounds simple, but for someone who has lived on the road for 20 years, this goal is about as scary as walking through a garden of snakes.
I went searching for wisdom and tried to find something nice to say about snakes in light of the auspicious day, but research shows that quotable historical figures never had anything wise to say about these reptiles. The only book brave enough to offer snake wisdom is apparently the Bible:
“Be wise as a serpents and innocent as doves.”
Since it’s the Bible and all, I’ve decided to take this as a sign from the skies that the year of the snake is going to be a year of wisdom. Or at least I certainly hope so – for myself and for you.
Happy Year of the Snake. Be wise.