Thursday, December 20, 2012

Last Words?


End of the world 12-20-12

Image courtesy of Victor Habbick at


If the doomsayers are to be believed, this will be our final day on Earth.  Or at least our final full day; while many folks seem convinced December 21st represents the end of the world, no one seems too certain of the exact time things will end.  I’ve seen people online counting down the hours until midnight, with the assumption that if they make it to 12:01, they’re probably okay.  I’ve also seen folks from other parts of the world—where it’s been December 21st for many hours now—declaring that all is well.  And, I’ve heard reports that the actual end time will be at the precise moment of the solstice, which will be at 11:12 UTC.  If that’s so, I’ve still got another six hours or so to go.  (Check your time zone here if you’re not sure of the conversion.) 

But, while I can’t say I buy into the current apocalypse scenario, I can’t deny that I’ve given it a passing thought a time or two today, usually in the context of “Is this how I want to spend my last day?”.  Honestly, though, while it wasn’t the kind of final day I would plan if given the opportunity, I can’t say it would be a bad way to end it all.  I did some last minute Christmas shopping.  (Not mine, I’m glad to say; shopping for Granny’s gifts now.)  Sure, it’s hectic and can grate on your nerves, but people (most of them, anyway) are smiling and doing fun things, stores are decorated, and there are Christmas carols playing over the sound systems, so it’s not so bad.   I even have almost all of my gifts wrapped now, so yay for that!

Also, I’ve been in touch with the important people in my life.  Some by phone, some email or text, and some right here in my home, but I communicated with both my sisters, my brother, my best friends (both RL and online versions), and my husband and son are under the same roof.  And, I’m making sure to hit ‘publish’ on this post before midnight, just in case.

Oh, and I had some really good potato soup for dinner.  Really, as days go, it wasn’t so bad at all.  If it has to be my last one, at least things will end on a relatively decent note.  I think that’s about all any of us can hope for. 

Here’s hoping your day also went well, and that you can be satisfied with it if it turns out to be your last.  And, if it comes to pass that we are blessed with more of them, let’s try to make them all good ones—for ourselves and others.