Happy Year of the Tiger, everyone! Why am I celebrating the lunar year right now, you may wonder? Because while my satirical punk persona is a rat and there is in fact a Year of the Rat, by birth I am actually a Tiger. So in other words, this is truly my year 🐯
I'm not superstitious, but I am a fan of culture and folklore, and I have to admit that after reading everything about the Tiger personality years ago, I have to say that it describes me exceptionally well. Take this opening paragraph for example:
"Tigers are courageous and active people who love a good challenge and adventure in life.
Like their eponymous zodiac animal, people born in years of the Tiger are vigorous and ambitious, daring and courageous, enthusiastic and generous, self-confident with a sense of justice and a commitment to help others for the greater good."
All of this is true for me. It also states green is a lucky color, 3 is a lucky number, and white is an unlucky color for Tigers. My favorite color is green, my favorite number is 3, and my least favorite color to wear is white. A wild coincidence, isn't it? Reading on:
"People born in years of the Tiger are fiercely independent and possess strong self-esteem. They like to act alone and are not very gregarious. They are most likely optimistic and enthusiastic by nature, and always seem to have endless energy, especially at work. Their energetic presence and intense eyes are the greatest charm of Tiger natives. Their vitality is apparent to anyone at a glance, and people are instinctively drawn to this larger than life quality in them.
Tigers are lively and cheerful, and they love freedom and independence. They are a zodiac sign that absolutely must have their personal space. Tigers usually have a keen sense of justice. When faced with injustices, whether against themselves or others, you can be sure Tigers will not stand aside. However, Tigers may also appear unrefined or thoughtless in the way they handle things. In a less developed person, these traits can easily turn into ignorance or foolhardiness."
I embrace punk subculture not just for the music, art, or style, but also largely for the independence factor. I've always been an independent person and I prefer to live alone and have no interest in dating or marriage. I don't hang with cliques or flock to social situations with a bunch of random people. I'm very energetic and passionate as well as a hard worker, and I'm known for these qualities. My fiery passion in standing up for what is right is sometimes misinterpreted as anger but not everyone can understand the passion of another.
"Tigers are courageous and authoritative, although they have a cute and charming side as well to those who know them more intimately. Their ambitions run sky-high, however, and Tigers will never treat them as pipe dreams. They are adventurers with the courage to be a pioneer in the line of work they choose. They work tirelessly to realize their dream of changing the world in some way, one step at a time. Tigers never mince their words, but always speak forthrightly and boldly. They are honest and judicious, almost chivalrous in a way that does not seem to fit the modern world. This quality makes them natural leaders that others gravitate toward. They have a strong sense of responsibility and will always keep their word and uphold their obligations."
This is also all true for me. My dream of making a positive impact on the world is with The No Deo Hero and I will never forfeit that dream no matter what obstacles I've had to face along the way. I'm also very straightforward and prefer to be honest with people all the time, even if the truth may potentially hurt that person, because I feel they need to hear it and I believe it's wrong to fake it or lie. I always keep my word on everything too and pride myself on this fact.
And now we move onto the "weaknesses" section for Tigers:
"Tigers can be very rebellious, often too self-confident to want to coordinate or communicate with others. That frequently leaves them lonely. They may find themselves isolated at work or in the community. They can be dictators with potential love interests and unable to create a happy family life. Likewise, they may have a lot of acquaintances or professional contacts, but may not have any real friends. No one likes to always be alone. That is a fact that the proud Tiger has to learn to accept in themselves.
In pursuit of their goals and ambition, Tigers can be stubborn and brash, possibly willing to use whatever means to achieve their goals. This can appear too domineering for others’ tastes because, with such single-minded focus on their pursuit, Tigers may very well disregard others’ feelings."
I'm very rebellious and my own best friend, and I also don't mind if I don't have anyone to hang out with though I do enjoy having fun with friends. I have a very small circle of people I consider actual friends, but I will make the effort to meet new friends because I prefer not to be alone all the time.
That last part rings true for me too. I'm so passionate about my video production and I'll often try to network with other people I meet and get them to somehow fit being a part of it into their busy life, and it may give the impression that it's the only thing I care about since I don't really go out much. But The No Deo Hero is my creation that I myself created and I'm so proud and thankful to have it that I can't hide the passion I have for it and I do find myself remembering that I need to keep other peoples' feelings in mind when it comes to it.
To sum it up, I'm indeed an energetic person with a fiery passion who values independence and hard work and I will speak my mind and stand up for what is right for the greater good. I truly hope The No Deo Hero changes the world for the better.
I'm looking forward to a great Year of the Tiger, so 2022... prepare to hear me roar!
- Primal 🐅