And if I meet you, what if I eat you, I am the tiger

Tigers are… Hugely generous, well mannered, courageous, honourale, noble, magnetic, lucky, strong, authorititive, sensitive, deep thinking, dedicated, passionate

Tiger make good leaders and warriors.

Tigers can also be… Aggressive, undisciplined, uncompromising, vain, disobedient, hot headed, stubborn, disrespectful of rules

Most compatable with: Horse, Dog, Dragon

Least compatable with: Monkey, Ox

Famous Tigers: Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jodie Foster, Stevie Wonder, Phil Collins, Ludwig van Beethoven, Karl Marx, Oscar Wilde

Western co-signs: TIGER/Leo Fire and wood again. Shining brightly, the Tiger/Leo ought to be the happiest of beasts. The indisputable king of the jungle hasn’t a worry in the world. For once his arch-rival is on his side. Nothing short of an excess of pride and preening vanity should daunt him. His ego might just get in the way of his brain from time to time. If you deal with this creature, keep your sense of humour. His roar is worse than his bite.

The Chinese Elements and your sign: The Wood Tiger
This Tiger is well noted for his (or her) boundless enthusiasm and exceptional daring. An unflinching pioneer, he loves to undertake grandiose projects and do what has never been done before. But he prefers initiating to realizing, and few of his enterprises are carried through to a happy conclusion. Failure, however, never influences his calenture in a way or another. Whatever the situation in which he may find himself, the Tiger of this combination can always discover something that fascinates him. Boredom is consequently unknown to his nature. He lives intensely, crowding every minute of his life and never allowing himself to muddle through or indulge in self-pity for a single moment. He holds, contempt for both ivory-tower idealists and garrulous theoreticians alike, being himself unable to pursue any thought or conversation in depth. He is prone to sudden, unpredictable explosions of boiling anger, and this weakness of his is a serious handicap in his relations with others. Despite his fiery character, he does need a congenial affective atmosphere in order to function properly. The Wood Tiger is often a prey to his various internal conflicts. He is often torn between his selfishness and his generosity. He acutely feels the necessity of more patience and consistency, yet he cannot help being drawn away from one job to another. There is also a contradiction between his obvious desire for adventures and his secret longing for a cozy life. It is important that he can solve these conflicts during his adolescence, preferably with psychiatric help.

Just don't stick me with a label

It’s a given that I like doing memes. And this one is scarily accurate. So, if you want a good idea of my personality and how to deal with me, pay attention.

The Quick & Painless ENNEAGRAM Test
You chose BY – your Enneagram type is FOUR: The Romantic.

“I am unique”

Romantics have sensitive feelings and are warm and perceptive.

How to Get Along with Me:
  • Give me plenty of compliments. They mean a lot to me.
  • Be a supportive friend or partner. Help me to learn to love and value myself.
  • Respect me for my special gifts of intuition and vision.
  • Though I don’t always want to be cheered up when I’m feeling melancholy, I sometimes like to have someone lighten me up a little.
  • Don’t tell me I’m too sensitive or that I’m overreacting!
What I Like About Being a Four:
  • my ability to find meaning in life and to experience feeling at a deep level
  • my ability to establish warm connections with people
  • admiring what is noble, truthful, and beautiful in life
  • my creativity, intuition, and sense of humor
  • being unique and being seen as unique by others
  • having aesthetic sensibilities
  • being able to easily pick up the feelings of people around me
What’s Hard About Being a Four:
  • experiencing dark moods of emptiness and despair
  • feelings of self-hatred and shame; believing I don’t deserve to be loved
  • feeling guilty when I disappoint people
  • feeling hurt or attacked when someone misundertands me
  • expecting too much from myself and life
  • fearing being abandoned
  • obsessing over resentments
  • longing for what I don’t have
Fours as Children Often:
  • have active imaginations: play creatively alone or organize playmates in original games
  • are very sensitive
  • feel that they don’t fit in
  • believe they are missing something that other people have
  • attach themselves to idealized teachers, heroes, artists, etc.
  • become antiauthoritarian or rebellious when criticized or not understood
  • feel lonely or abandoned (perhaps as a result of a death or their parents’ divorce
Fours as Parents:
  • help their children become who they really are
  • support their children’s creativity and originality
  • are good at helping their children get in touch with their feelings
  • are sometimes overly critical or overly protective
  • are usually very good with children if not too self-absorbed

I’ve found you find strength in your moments of weakness

My horoscope from last Sunday made me smile – Leo: Moving on is tough if you don’t feel like you’re making any progress — but you are. That is really truer than it sounds. For what seemed like an eternity I’d been struggling to move on from past hurts and betrayals, but I felt like I was mired in place, getting no where at all. Then last year I made major progress, all thanks to a concert I attended when visiting a friend. It’s amusing the places and things that can help you face and overcome your demons. Lately though, I’ve felt like I’ve been stagnant again, not able to move forwards. So that horoscope was perfect in its timing, arriving on a day when I felt hopeless, felt like I wasn’t healing anymore, possibly even felt like I was backsliding. It gave me a much-needed kick in the pants at exactly the right time.

I have very bad knees1 (osteoarthritis, osteophytes2, and chondromalacia patella) and my orthopedist has restricted some of my activities; one of those restrictions is to avoid stairs unless absolutely necessary. At my last appointment when I had a cortisone injection, I mentioned to him that I work on the 10th floor of my building and that we were getting close to “fire drill season”. Since a fire drill means taking the staircase all the way down to the bottom, and I’m not supposed to take stairs, I asked him if there was anything that could be done for me. He wrote me a note that allows me to take the freight elevator with anyone else unable to take the stairs. After that appointment I contacted one of the fire marshalls for my floor, to find out exactly what to do, and to alert them to the fact that I was now to follow these alternate evacuation procedures.

That note finally came in handy this week. Monday afternoon, the fire alarms went off. Someone actually had to tell me3 they were going off, oops? Let me tell you – it was incredibly nice being able to ride the freight elevator down. The last time we had a drill my knees weren’t half as bad as they are now, yet I could barely walk after going down all those stairs. I knew if I had to do it now, I would have issues before making it all the way down, and likely wouldn’t be able to move at all the next day.

Like I said above, if I had been required to take the stairs on Monday – I most likely wouldn’t have been able to walk on Tuesday. But, on the off-chance I had made it into work – Tuesday would have killed me. Tuesday afternoon the fire alarms went off, again. As I was waiting at the freight elevator for the fire marshalls, most of the people who were headed down the stairwell next to me showed their jealousy – calling me a cheater, saying it wasn’t fair, etc. It amused me some, with all the looks & remarks I was getting. But, when the elevator opened and I got on, it was already almost full with very able-bodied people from the top floor who were just flat-out being lazy. On the way down, we stopped on a floor with someone in a wheelchair, and 2 on crutches were waiting, yet none of the execs in the elevator made a move to get off to let the people who truly needed it have their spaces. That kinda saddened/sickened me some. Hell, I feel slightly guilty about taking the freight elevator down, yet I actually need it!

Footnotes

  1. My knees are bad enough that I could request a disabled parking sticker, but my conscience won’t let me do it. I may be barely able to walk on my worst days, but I would feel guilty taking a handicapped spot from someone who needs it even more than me.
  2. Osteophytes are more commonly known as ‘bone spurs’.
  3. I could hear a faint siren, but I usually hear them coming from police/ambulance vehicles outside on the Tollway so I just tuned it out and assumed it was out there again.