This month in Hong Kong we welcomed the Year of the Rooster with much celebration. In Hong Kong, Chinese New Year is a time to be thankful for the good fortune of the previous year and look ahead to the coming year, and there are numerous traditions to take part in to ensure you are blessed with good fortune for the ensuing 12 months.
Career, finance and relationships could potentially be in jeopardy and the only words of comfort to be found are “generally, you will stay healthy”. A pretty dull grey as silver linings go. Although Chinese astrology is not part of my culture, I’ve been appreciative to be welcomed into the celebrations here with open arms and it’s got me thinking about luck.
Sam and I constantly recognise how “lucky” we are to be here, to do something we love every day, to have found and be pursuing our passions, to have opportunities and possibilities presented to us at every turn. Us arriving at this moment relied on a series of specific events in which a myriad of variables could have stopped us and we could be doing something very different. As an English teacher I have an embarrassing (or impressive, depending on who you are) talent for being able to draw analogies from Harry Potter at every turn, and, in this instance, arriving at this destination of such an unlikely series of fortunate events feels being hooked to a saline drip laced with Felix Felicis potion.
While we feel more fortunate than ever, we also recognise that it has not all come down to luck, we worked hard and we took a risk and we’re reaping the benefits, and, while we’re still working hard, we still feel lucky. To quote Dumbledore “I believe one creates one’s own luck.”
When you are lucky enough to have an opportunity, or the possibility of an opportunity, or even the glimmer of opportunity on the horizon, it’s up to you to make that luck happen. If you’re in the privileged position to have the possibility of luck, then you have the responsibility not to waste it, because for others, your possibility of luck may just be the glimmer on the horizon.
I spent Chinese New Year in a Casino and I didn’t win a single bet, though I did spend Chinese New Year feeling lucky to be surrounded by good friends, good food and amazing places. I am absolutely certain the year of the rooster will be full of more good fortune.