This is it, 2014. The year of the Horse officially begins on the Chinese New Year, or January 31st. This is supposed to be a time of bold adventure, passionate love affairs, and steady growth. If you’re toying with travel plans then this is the year to act. 2013 was the year of the Snake and was allegedly a time of transformation. A year to shed one’s skin, so to speak. I don’t know about all of you, but I’d say that held true for us. So many major transformations and life achievements happened last year. So many new paths opened up. This year is the year that you capitalize on those options.
According to Chinese philosophy, the year of the Horse (specifically the “wood horse” for 2014) will be a time of bold action and strong growth. Much like a wild horse running through the field. You can take the changes you made last year and bolster them. You can nurture them with the sweet nectar of decisive action and watch them grow to a hundred fold of your wildest ambitions.
Personally, I am a huge fan of self-manifested destiny. The idea that we can make our lives into what we want by hard work and focused will is very appealing. That’s why I challenge all of you to take the year of the Horse by the reigns, so to speak. Make a list before January 31st, noting all the accomplishments and changes that you saw in the year of the Snake. Then, figure out which ones you want to propel you through the coming year. Let 2014 be your flagship, the paving stone that sets you off on a grand adventure. Make plans. Dream dreams. Arrange a trip. Go off on a quest with the purpose of changing your life. We’ll do the same.
Here’s to the year of the Horse! May we all embark on a journey that scares us, and return stronger and more passionate than when we left. May our dreams become tangible, and our pockets overflow with wisdom and experience. Or cash. Both are good.
Either way, ride your dreams to the top this year.