For some reason that I could not put my finger on I was in a really crummy mood on Monday and Tuesday morning. No, it wasn't PMS, but thanks for thinking of that, modern guys. Maybe I was just extremely bummed that my lovely weekend had ended and I was facing a workweek with my officemate on vacation, meaning either an extremely boring or an extremely hellacious week.
But whatever the reason, it took some effort to pull myself out of it. I tried a little bit of everything, but by Monday night I was so crabby I was ready to declare a Modern Gal blogging hiatus and go run off to Tahiti or something like that. Before making such a drastic decision though, I decided to go back and read through some of my old personal writing posts and found one that completely reversed my mood.
It was the post I wrote for my birthday last year. For that post I had discovered my birthday horoscope. I love reading my horoscope. I don't take it seriously -- in fact, I tend to read them at the end of the day to see if they were accurate or not. I know if you look up the description of a Cancer sign, you'll find my photo next to it. Well, I'm exactly one day shy of three months from my birthday, so now is as good a time as ever to see if that birthday horoscope was on target.
(It's kind of long, so I'll hit the main points ...)
"When you face obstacles to your goals, which is a likely scenario this year, you are likely to just keep on pushing. Progress may be slow, but it’s steady and solid." I'm going to go ahead and assume this is referring to my work life. Boy, have I had some obstacles there, but I'm finding that I'm doing a better job of working through them and am becoming more resilient.
"2008 is a Number Four year for you. Ruled by Uranus. This is a year of work and development. It's 'nose to the grindstone' time. It's a time to deal with practical matters, and it's not a time to be lazy or especially gregarious. Sometimes, it can be a year that feels hard, monotonous and routine, and/or lonely." Oh my goodness, I faced one of my most difficult work assignments in November. It was very, very hard and very 'nose to the grindstone.'
"2009 will be a Number Five year for you. Ruled by Mercury. ... This is a year when exciting relationships can be formed, or, if you are already in a partnership, new life is breathed into the relationship." This one made me laugh so hard because I know when I first read this horoscope I must have thought, 'Woo hoo! My relationship with the Modern (ahem, Ex) Beau will have new life!' Ha. We all know how that went. But that bit is still true. I very much have formed exciting relationships this year, and the horoscope also mentions something about potential for 'a new love affair.' Well, you know, ;) and all that.
Now here's my favorite: "Intensity characterizes many of your pursuits this year as you focus on what matters most to you and weed out frivolous endeavors. You are feeling light and free when it comes to expressing yourself this year--your personality is sparkling!" Modern friends, despite my crabby mood on Monday I can honestly say I've never felt so light, free and sparkly as I do now.
I went on to write that I was ready to put a very, very awful year behind me and get back to kicking ass, enjoying my life and relishing the journey. Well, I think I can honestly say done, done and done.