Carpe Diem gains clear meaning when tomorrow will never come. Many people believe that the calendar of the ancient Maya people predicts that The End Of The World is right around the corner, and on the eve of the apocalypse you are probably wondering how you will ever finish all the things you need to do before The End arrives.
Fear not! Whether you believe that the world will end on December 21, 2012 or not, there are certain tasks that need prioritizing so that you can greet the ending of life as we know with a smile and a shout, and celebrate as the world burns down.
1. Solidify religious beliefs. Perhaps you call yourself a Christian, but haven’t picked up a Bible in years, or maybe you’re an atheist that has started to doubt her disbelief as The End gets closer and closer. Have you always wanted to explore the solace of Buddhism or ponder the tenets of the Islamic faith, but have never found the time? Now’s the time. Visit a temple, talk to a preacher, sign up for a class on meditation or do what you need to do to get in touch with your spiritual side – that might be the only side left this time next year!
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2. Stock emergency supplies. The End is coming, but it might not be quick, and you want to make sure that you and your loved ones have enough tuna fish and wine to toast the last sunset on earth. Everyone should have enough food and water to last everyone in their household for two weeks. Don’t forget about your pets, and don’t forget to stash a few naughty treats for yourself, whether that’s a carton of Twinkies, a bottle of cognac or a box of cigarettes. Look on the bright side: the end of the world means that you can finally stop worrying about getting cancer, getting drunk and disorderly or getting a fat ass. Indulge!
3. Say goodbye – or at least, “I love and appreciate you.” When is the last time that phrase came out of your mouth? If you can’t remember, then that is far too long. There are important people in your life who have inspired you, helped you and changed you for the better. If you’ve never properly thanked them, or even if you have, now is the time to make sure that everyone in your life knows just how much they mean to you.
4. Evaluate your daily life. With less than a year left to enjoy this beautiful gift called life, you need to make sure that you are really enjoying it, not just going through the motions like some sort of automaton. What thrills you? What delights you? What makes you laugh, sing and dance? Take out a pen and paper and make a list of experiences large and small that bring you joy and elation. Resolve to make those experiences part of your daily life.
5. Let go. Put yourself in a calm and relaxing environment, then imagine the future you dream about, in full color, and bring up the very best memories of your past. Stew in those happy feelings until your spirit is saturated. Now, visualize all those images becoming loosened from your psyche and floating away, leaving you completely free and unfettered from worldly attachments. Still there? Still alive? Still happy? You are now ready for The End Of The World. Cheers.
image: Ben Sutherland