“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”~ Dr. Seuss
So – what is the end of the world, anyway? What does the end of the world as we know it mean?
These questions have been flying around as the legendary end of the Mayan long-count calendar approaches, which falls (according to north american “experts”) on December 21, 2012.
Personally, I think the end of the world has come and gone many times over, and will come and go many times over in the future. I believe it is also highly personal. And I believe what can be the end of the world as we know can mean a brand new beginning and a new world to discover.
Just looking at this 2012 year exemplifies that for me.
A friend lost her child when a pre-natal check-up showed no heart beat – the world as she new it ended that day. Couples divorced, fighting bitter battles over child custody or money – the children’s worlds ended as they knew it. Someone gets officially diagnosed with a chronic illness like MS – the world ended as they knew it that day. A maniac kills innocent children and adults for some unknown and whacked-out reason – the world as the families of the victims ended as they know it that day. Militants, rebels, and corrupt governments fight endlessly, killing civilians and military personnel – the world as they and the people around them know it ended, repeatedly.
On the other side of the coin, there is a new beginning. But that new beginning is not necessarily always easy or painless. The person diagnosed with a disease starts a support group and sees a new beginning and a new life managing and coping. The results of the maniacal killing spree of a whacko spurs a new beginning for better and safer gun laws and restrictions. I married my best friend, lover, hero, and the most wonderful man I have ever met; that day the end of the word as I knew it occurred – and a brand knew world began for me.
As human being, we seem to always search for the “end of the world” somewhere. Do we really need to look for the end of the world in things we cannot control, big or small? I say “Stop”. Look a little bit closer to home…and appreciate what you have around you. Appreciate the little endings, the little beginnings – the world around you. Don’t try to control what you simply cannot. Don’t panic about things that have no basis in truth.
The world changes every single day. Be grateful for the world as YOU know it.
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” ― Robert Frost
(See you on the other side of the End of the World. ;)
- End of the World (themindoffreya.com)
- How businesses are preparing to profit from the Mayan “end of the world” (qz.com)
- DON’T PANIC! It’s the end of the world as we know it (and we feel fine) (metro.co.uk)
- NASA Video Proves the End of the World Isn’t Coming Soon (mashable.com)