Year of the Dragon

(Ridley) It’s the Year of the Dragon! It’s also the Year of M. Latimer Ridley (there were solemn determined nods on New Years eve to back this up I’ll have you know.)

We said 2011 would be our year and sort of the year before that (see the date this blog began on and then was abandoned for months to rust in the tall grasses, that’ll give you an idea…) It’s disappointing that while we tried things to make the year ours-submitted to publishers and competitions-we’ve not been the lucky chosen ones.

But I truly believe this is our year, 2012!

Mainly for two reasons.

One, I’m a little obsessed with dragons, so being the Chinese year that it is, to me that’s A Sign!

I did a school project around….10 years ago now (wow, how time flies and I get old!) I’ve loved dragons since then. I do honestly think it stemmed a little from the Harry Potter fourth book, though I won’t credit it for everything. I liked Flight of Dragons long before J.K put pen to paper! And I loved the song, Puff the Magic Dragon as a child. Though it was the art project that started the obsession properly, I do remember asking myself how I’d get away with doing something ‘harry pottery’, without it being too obvious. So I picked dragons. I made a dragon poster, a dragon mirror and a dragon sculpture. As you can see, after the project was over and submitted, I still hadn’t gotten dragons out of my system so I ended up painting a dragon wall mural around my window. It took around 3 tubes of red acrylic to finish. I still love it.

Also painted on my wall is the poem, Road not Taken by Robert Frost. It’s a poem that speaks quite strongly to me of taking paths that aren’t the most conventional, to throw off the shackles of ‘what’s expected of you’ and do what you love. Make your dreams come true. If you won’t do it, there isn’t anyone else going to do it for you, they’ve their own wishes to make true.

This is where the second reason for believing this is our year comes in. I think I’ve really reached that ‘Ah ha’ moment. I’ve come to realise that you need to get out there and do things for yourself. Nothing in life just happens, there’s no secret magic wave of a wand and suddenly you’re published or famous or rich or unconditionally happy or whatever it is you’re after.

The question is, why do we have to wait on someone else to totally make our dreams come true, why does it have to be an all or nothing thing? Couldn’t we get out there and begin to make it all happen for ourselves? So that ‘Ah ha’ moment, is where I also realise we can actually do this and why the hell not!?

So in ten years time, don’t find yourself disappointed by the things you didn’t do, what is stopping you? Always remember, we’re on this earth to live.

So go live.

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