Yesterday, I wrote an article declaring 2009 the Year of the Gentleman. A very far-fetched declaration but one I strongly believe in. If it is possible for me and a very few of my friends to be one, then there’s no reason why more people can’t be. But let’s not get into that today.
Yesterday, I was meeting with a really cool person and he conveniently told me that it was Chinese New Year. He also told me that 2009 is the Year of the Ox (or Bull). He said that it was going to be a good year and he explained to me a little bit about the Bull. So far, this year has been amazing so I had no reason NOT to believe him. But I love looking into this kind of stuff so I went home and checked out the full description. This is what I came across:
“People born in the Year of the Ox are patient, speak little, and inspire confidence in others. They tend, however, to be eccentric, and bigoted, and they anger easily. They have fierce tempers and although they speak little, when they do they are quite eloquent. Ox people are mentally and physically alert. Generally easy-going, they can be remarkably stubborn, and they hate to fail or be opposed. They are most compatible with Snake, Rooster, and Rat people.”
That sounded pretty good. We need this year to be about patience and inspiring confidence. We need people to become mentally and physically alert, but easy-going. We need people who don't want to lose – it’ll make us even more so determined to succeed. I think being eccentric is never a bad thing. Bigotry and opposition will never truly die and so it’s important we continue the battle in freeing people’s minds and allow co-existence. I could go on and on about it.
But with all of that, it got me thinking. Can the qualities of a Bull and a Gentleman be personified within the same male?
I believe so.
Why can’t the two co-exist in unison within one man peacefully and not conflicted? We can be strong men who inspire greatness and confidence in others, while showing a side of sincerity and authenticity. We can be fierce and passionate. We can have the desire to be the best at what we do and still show love, care and a sense of vulnerability through the risks that we take everyday from the moment we open our eyes everyday.
Yeah, saying that you can be a gentle bull would be a total oxymoron, but the traits within both of them can co-exist.
Do you think that it can exist, this idea of a gentle bull?
I know it can. Those were the qualities I was raised under, so I know it can exist and I know what it would take to get there. If you’d like to know how, email me and I’ll help you figure this out.
Oh, by the way, being born in 1985, it puts 2009 as my year. Coincidence...?
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