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Beth Underwood: Some predictions for the Year of the Pig as we celebrate the Chinese New Year

It was real and it was fun, but the Year of the Dog is done, and another Chinese New Year is upon us. Festivities, which began Tuesday, Feb. 5, are in full swing now through Feb. 19. This time around, we’re kicking off the Year off the Pig.

That’s right, it’s swine time. When the Chinese New Year is involved, that means it’s time for fireworks and celebratory dinners and little red envelopes with cold hard cash inside — and who doesn’t love cold hard cash?

It’s also time for those always-popular Chinese Zodiac predictions. So in the spirit of all things Chinese New Year, I thought I’d prepare my own predictions to guide you through the months ahead. If you’re unsure of your Chinese zodiac sign, just do a quick Google search or consult the paper placemat at your favorite Chinese restaurant. Oh — and take all my predictions with a few hundred grains of salt.

Rat — There’s nothing cheesy about the Year of the Pig, so don’t fall into that trap. As you approach the new year, focus on your career, where the best opportunities appear to be at theme parks. Lucky states: California and Florida.

Ox — Everyone knows what a hard worker you are. This year looks to be more of the same. It’s time you quit pulling the cart for everyone else, and start plowing your own way forward.

Tiger — As the Year of the Pig gets going, tigers would do well to make that long overdue appointment with the optometrist. You’ll want to keep your eyes sharp for unexpected opportunities.

Rabbit — This year, instead of hopping from one project to the next, keep your nose to the grindstone. If you’ll follow this advice, things will start to multiply faster than you can say carrot sticks.

Dragon — Whatever you approach in 2019, you should have plenty of firepower to sustain you. Just don’t breathe down anyone’s neck if you hope to make new friends.

Snake — For someone who doesn’t have a backbone, you sure cause a lot of trouble, don’t you? This year, stop sneaking up on people and try to make your presence known in advance.

Horse — Some say we can lead you to water, but we can’t make you drink. Hogwash, I say. Put on your blinders, ignore the “neigh”-sayers, and run the race your way. We all know you have the appetite for it.

Goat — This is the year you take control of those baaaaaaad eating habits. Trade in that garbage for fruits and veggies, and don’t let anyone get your… um… goat.

Monkey — Regardless of last year’s ups and downs, you’ll get into the swing of things this year, Monkey. Looks like 2019 will be a good year for monkeys to go into business, especially if your favorite uncle is involved.

Rooster — We’ve all heard it ad nauseam: the early bird gets the worm. This year, it’s time to remind everyone who it is that wakes that bird up every day. Strut your stuff, Rooster — we all know who rules the roost.

Dog — With any luck, this will be the year you quit chasing your tail and focus on your best qualities. We all know you’re loyal to a fault, which is why you have so many best friends. Those who’d say otherwise are barking up the wrong tree.

Pig — What a year 2019 looks to be, Pig. This is the year when you clean up your act, once and for all. Instead of wallowing around, you’ll be high on the hog. Remember, the pig is a sign of great fortune, and all the signs point to the fact that you’ll be going places in 2019. Hopefully the frying pan will not be one of those places.

Enjoy the Year of the Pig!

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Beth Underwood is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines. She shares stories of everyday life that entertain, inspire, and encourage others. Her books include Gravity, a narrative nonfiction account of a small group of Tennessee National Guardsmen, and Talk Bourbon to Me, a lighthearted look at Kentucky’s native spirit. Drop her a line at beth@bethwrightunderwood.com, or visit her website at bethwrightunderwood.com.

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