Thursday, December 20, 2012

The End of the World December 21, 2012?

There has been some interesting talk most of this year about the end of  "time" as shown by the end of the Mayan calendar, which is December 21, 2012. For many, this is a time for preparation, for others a time of amusement.

There are many around the world preparing for tomorrow. Which reminds me of the show "Doomsday Preppers" on the National Geographic Channel. Think of it as a little of the show "Hoarders" mixed in with a little "SurvivorMan".  Doomsday preppers, as they like to call themselves, stockpile everything from food and water to medical supplies and seeds to grow their own food depending on the disaster scenario they are most concerned about. All this prepping is great for the businesses which sell doomsday prepping paraphernalia. When I did a google search for doomsday preppers, I found several pages of food supply companies, food storage companies and doomsday gear companies which sell everything from medical masks to bug out bags. I even found doomsday prepping groups a prep enthusiast can join.

All this may seem silly to many, but there is a little logic to all of this. Being prepared for a disaster of any kind could mean the difference between life an death. Having an emergency preparedness kit in your home with supplies is necessary for every responsible citizen.

The American Red Cross disaster and safety library is a comprehensive list of supplies needed for different disasters. This is a great resource to start your kit now.
http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster-safety-library 

Ok, ok, ok...So you are asking yourself should I be concerned? What is this Mayan calendar anyway? A good article to sum it all up is http://www.foxnews.com/science/2012/12/19/real-deal-how-mayan-calendar-works/.

Really, to me, it is a calendar much like our own. Just a way to keep time. A way to mark significant events. A great way to keep a particular history or holiday. There are no doomsday predictions just an end to the days.

So to sum it all up, there is no need to worry about things we can neither prevent nor predict. Get your supplies ready for the next hurricane, tornado, tsunami or whatever your area has and feel safe in knowing you did.  Don't skip your morning latte tomorrow, hug your kids and wrap all those gifts! Christmas is only a few days away!!

Ending on a high note with one of my favorites, an old Irish proverb: 

Work like you don't need money,
Love like you've never been hurt,
And dance like no one's watching.

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