Posts Tagged ‘Doomsday 2012’

Albrecht Durer  Four Horsemeen of the Apocalypse ca 1497Those darn Mayans may have marked it off on their calendar  but I’ve been so busy over the last several months that I completely forgot that the world is coming to an end in a week.   I didn’t get my doomsday bunker built.  Didn’t hone my survivalist skills in any way. Didn’t stockpile a thousand cases of Campbell’s Soup or nearly enough weapons to fight off the packs of post-apocalyptic cannibals or zombies that will surely be wandering the countryside.   However, I did buy a larger bottle of aspirin a few weeks back but that was totally unrelated to the end of the world.  Just a good buy.

So I am not prepared right now for this world to end.  Oh well. But are we ever prepared for such a thing?   I was thinking about that as I was walking through the woods the other day.  What if these were the last days of this world as we know it?  Would I,  or could I,  change anything ?

I took in the color of the sky at the moment.  Took a deep breath of the cool air.  Looked at the curves of the tree trunks and limbs reaching skyward.  Held Cheri’s hand a bit tighter.  No, in that moment  I was satisfied with that being among my last days on this world.  Maybe that’s all we can or should do everyday.  Just see our world and simply take it in, let the image register deeply within us and be satisfied that we have seen it.

Or not.  Maybe I should go work on that machine gun turret  for my Subaru.

Here’s a song that is probably getting an awful lot of airplay but I don’t care.  It’s REM‘s It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine). I’ve been singing the chorus of this song for 25 years, since it was first released back in 1987, and I might as well continue now that the end is surely upon us.  Thanks a lot, Mayans!

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Okay, I don’t mean to put a damper on anybody’s holidays or anything like that but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the world is scheduled to end one year from today, according to my Mayan sources and a whole bunch of cable channels.  In case you’ve been living in a cave or have been astute enough to ignore this hoopla, the Mayan calendar supposedly ends on that day and with it comes the end of the world as we know it.  All sorts of cataclysmic chaos is purportedly set to be unleashed on us on or about December 21, 2012. 

Magnetic pole shifts.  Tsunamis.  Meteor strikes.  Volcanos erupting.  Fireballs shooting out of giant Gila monsters.  Okay, maybe not that last one but this is  pretty much  a you-fill-in-the-blanks sort of imminent disaster.  I’m sure over the course of the next 365 days we will hear of many even more outrageous ways in which the world will surely be destroyed by the end of 2012.  The media, including, I’m sad to say,  the History Channel have been buidling this hysteria for years now and this year will be the payoff for their efforts.  Anything short of apocalypse will be anti-climactic.

I have to admit that there are days when I think they may be onto something, that the world is surely going to hell in a handbasket.  Maybe I even mutter, “C’mon, Comet!” under my breath once in a while.  But overall,  I think it’s all a load of crap and I find myself  hoping that that my belief is correct and that come December 22, 2012, I can get out of bed and have something new about which to complain.  That would be sweet.

So,  live each day over the next year as though it were your last.  Treasure those you love.  Take in the sunsets and sunrises.  Don’t worry about those things you can’t control.  Laugh a lot and cry a little.  Live well. 

It won’t be wasted effort because if the world does  end, you’ll have spent your last days well and if it doesn’t,  you’ll  truly appreciate what you have in this life. 

So don’t waste today.

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