Happy lunar new year! Or as we say it in Vietnamese, chuc mung nam moi!
Growing up, lunar new year, or Tet, was a big part of my life, but sadly, its presence is felt less so now that my family, for the most part, lives elsewhere.
This is the year of the monkey, and superstition says if you bear the same zodiac sign, it will be an inauspicious year for you. That means last year, being the year of the sheep or goat, I was supposed to have an unlucky year since I’m a goat myself. Of course, I’m not a firm believer in steadfast superstitions, but just for fun, I did wear red every time I flew on a plane for the first several trips of the year.
There are lots of other traditions surrounding lunar new year,but at its core, it’s a time to pause, reflect, and celebrate life with our loved ones. And when you live with Neuromyelitis Optica/NMO, every day is worth celebrating and giving thanks. After being diagnosed with NMO and losing my vision, I’ve gained a different perspective on life. I’ve learned to take things less for granted and, even more so after MasterChef, say no to things that don’t bring me joy or excitement.
This year is specifically the year of the fire monkey, which is supposed to be a fickle but good year for new beginnings. We’re warned not to take on too much lest we abandon our new projects (just say no!), but it’s also a perfect time to go back to school, start a new business, take on new hobbies, etc.
Wishing all of you a joyous, prosperous, and healthy new year.