I never believed in zodiac signs or astrology. In fact, when a friend of mine told me to take astrology as an elective in college with her, I laughed in her face and said, "Absolutely not."
I had a ton of friends over the years who swore by their zodiac signs, and blamed their moody days on the position of the moon and the sun in their ass.
However, after work one night, I was wired from the three coffees I had taken to get through my double shift. So I decided, "What the hell?" I began to do some deep research on my sign: Capricorn.
What I discovered almost terrified me.
My zodiac sign coincided with my personality more than anything else I'd read in all 22 years of my life.
Capricorns are the 10th sign of the zodiac, and are known to be the hardest workers, not to mention, the most ambitious of all.
"Well, this explains everything," I thought to my groggy, 3 am self.
According to numerous astrology websites, Capricorns are all about hard work and very little play. They aren't phased by spending countless hours in the office or staying on the grind because they're too busy. They're focused on climbing the ladder of success. They're ambitious and driven.
Growing up, I'd given up my social life for my professional one. I always put work first and play second; and yet, I've never been phased by this "sacrifice."
Instead, I look forward to my future of success. While other signs are solely focused on adventure and play, Capricorns are focused on life being a huge project they want to complete the right way.
Capricorns are also practical and resourceful, always making the best decisions in a timely and manageable fashion. They are able to pinpoint the exact things they need to do and know how to do them, even if they're going through a challenging time.
Post graduation, I had a difficult time finding an entry-level position in editorial and publishing. I knew the job market would be saturated with other talented writers and graduates, so I had to make myself stand out somehow.
Instead of spending an entire summer lounging around at the beach, I freelanced and contributed to any website that would take me, whether it was paid or not.
Getting my name published on platforms across the Internet not only benefitted my career, but also gave me the opportunity to build a solid and growing portfolio.
Capricorns are known to set high standards for themselves and everyone around them. Therefore, they only surround themselves with people who will inevitably lift them higher. Throughout my life, I have done just that.
I have eliminated the toxic people from my life who will only slow me down. Call it selfish, call it vain, but I cannot be bothered to waste my time with people whose negativity will hinder my growth and success.
As a Capricorn, I'm also extremely self-critical. I'm always trying to fix myself, and work on myself for the better.
Caps are extremely honest individuals, who will tell it like it is. I've always been a straight-shooter, even when it comes to myself. If I know I'm losing sight of what I want or need, I make sure to remind myself.
However, often, our failures can make us Capricorns prone to depression and unhappiness. I've seen this to be true. Yet, I have been able to combat it through the many successes my hard work has brought on.
The best trait I found out about my sign is Capricorns are helpful individuals, always looking to lend a hand. When it comes down to it, I always just want to be able to change or affect someone else's life.
Throughout my time as a freelance writer, I've had the opportunity to publish personal narratives that others might not have read otherwise.
From my anxiety issues to losing my father at a very young age, I've been able to relate to others around the world. To me, there's no greater success than helping someone else.
I guess astrology isn't all bullsh*t, after all.