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The year of the Wood Dragon, set to commence on February 10, should be an exciting one for those who have been eagerly waiting for the return of the supposedly powerful dragon into our lives. After all, hasn’t it been 12 years since the last one?

According to the results of a Google search, the dragon is a majestic and lucky creature in Chinese folklore, symbolizing bravery, creativity, and innovation. The Chinese horoscope says 2024 is a year full of potential and opportunities for personal growth, professional success, and social impact. Add to this the fact that I’m a fire dragon, I think I should be very excited.

The problem with it is that after almost 2 dragon cycles, or around 48 years on this planet, I don’t really believe in luck and good fortune anymore. For me, it doesn’t really matter what animal and element combination your birth year is, or that particular combination is for the current year, because in the end, you make your own luck by putting in the work in yourself, your relationships, and your chosen career or vocation.

Some might say I can afford to say that because I’m a fire dragon and it is about to be the year of the wood dragon, so if you come to think of that combo, all of my 1976 batchmates and I are probably going to be on fire (hopefully figuratively) starting on February 10. I’d probably have more credibility talking about making your own luck if I wasn’t a dragon baby as it is about to enter a dragon year, but here I am, making the effort to tell all the non-dragons that the truth of the matter is, we are all just as equally lucky or unlucky, regardless of the year of birth or the current year.

However, now that I’ve come to think about it some more, I have also realized that I still choose to believe the stuff when it comes to good luck, but not the bad. So in the case of the dragon luck, I guess yep, I believe that, because it benefits me. After all, why should I mock my dragon luck if it’s supposed to be good for me and my life? However, if we talk about things like usog, buyag, or Friday the 13th, then I probably don’t believe those because they are all about bad luck and I don’t want that in my life.

There is nothing wrong with believing you are lucky or blessed. If that helps us get through life with a better disposition, then it is a force for good. However, if you also believe in bad luck and malas, then we have a problem, as it also affects our disposition in the way that it tends to make us give up because we are unlucky anyway and failure was always in the cards.

So… as we approach the year of the wood dragon, let us try to look at it from the perspective of a dragon. If we think that this is going to be a good year for all of us, and nothing can stop us, we might just end up fulfilling that prophecy. The thing about believing that you are meant to be lucky is that even if you stumble or fall, you would only see it as a setback and not the end of the world, by nature of being a lucky guy.

If you come to think of it, if we look at it from the other way around and believe in our hearts that only 8.3% of the population will be lucky, as per the Chinese astrologers, that would make every setback the end of the world, and 2024, or any other year for that matter, is always going to suck, and we are only going to hit the luck jackpot once every 12 years.

So, as we enjoy the fanfare that comes with a year of the dragon, let’s not fret too much over them dragons getting all the luck. Because even if all that hullabaloo is true and they are truly lucky this year, it doesn’t mean that they will get all the luck, because as far as I know, luck, being both unquantifiable and imaginary, is not a finite resource that we have to fight over. It is sustainable, renewable, and probably even infinite, which is why I continue to insist that we can and should make our own luck and fortune, regardless of what our spirit animal is.

Happy Chinese New Year everyone. Gong Hei Fat Choy!*

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