Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 14, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 17, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Year of the Red Fire Monkey

Sorry folks, I am behind my time in providing you with my yearly review.

I do, however, have a legitimate excuse.

It is the year of the red, fire monkey.

Expect the unexpected.

This, my friends, is a year of extremes.

Red is passion. Fire is intensity. Monkey is chaos.

Need I say more?

After the passiveness of last year's sheep energy, this year will feel like it is moving at light speed, hurling like a shooting star, burning brightly with much flame and intensity. You will find yourself unable to wrangle the sparks that are flying in so many different directions. With all this friction, you can expect a great deal of chaos. The funny thing about chaos however, is that with it, comes some much needed change.


The monkey is playful, silly and mischievous. He is the Yang, masculine energy, a strong and wily acrobat, who is confident in his precarious movements. He swings through the trees with unusual ease and although he takes great risk he is in-sync with the universe and always ends up unscathed by his boldness.

It is a year to take a risk, to be bold, roll the dice, and make that first move. You must trust in the Universe. You will be pleasantly surprised. Although it may not be exactly what you expect, it could be even better. Whatever the outcome, with the red fire monkey it will be a fun and wild adventure.

Much like the monkey swinging through the trees, life seems to be moving forward with a dangerously out-of-control momentum. Relax, all will be well if you remember to have faith. There will be much movement and you may find yourself in a place you never expected. There will be laughter and frustration, great risk and reward. But most of all there will be passion and fireworks. The problem with intensity however, is that although it burns brightly, it is often short-lived.

Monkeys are social and communal creatures. They spend time as part of a close unit carefully grooming and attending to each others needs. But caution is needed in all relationships this year, as the monkey delights in provoking your anger. These skirmishes are typically intense but short-lived. Best to ignore childish antics and the monkey will quickly tire of the game.

So, enjoy this passionate year, my friends, be silly in the face of great hardship and you will be pleasantly surprised where you end up.