It's a very odd mentality to grow up in as a child. I was convinced for years that I wouldn't live past my 21st birthday, because I'd been taught that the world would end WAY before I'd have time to grow up.
When I was about 10, my parents thankfully decided to attend a more conservative church. Although our beliefs mellowed out over the years, I couldn't quite shake an underlying, pervasive fear of the end of the world. Consequently, my fear shifted from being religion-based to having a more secular focus. If it even remotely smacked of global decimation, then I would find time to worry about it.
Bird flu! Zombies! Y2K! (<-- I might have called my mom and told her to hoard bottled water... you know, just in case...).
Even after graduate school, I found myself fretting (just a bit) about the whole Mayan calendar thing. I wasn't losing any sleep over it but, occasionally, I'd wonder if maybe it wouldn't be better to start a family until 2013 (you know, just in case...).
I'd spent some time researching it, and I understood that most experts see the calendar as cyclical in nature and, when it ends, it just resets (like an old Buick's odometer switching from 99,999 to 0). However, the very fact that I spent hours researching it proves my old childhood phobia was still alive and well.
The good news? I now have one less end-of-the-world scenario to worry about.
Just a few days ago, my best friend Adrienne (who knows all about my little apocalyptic neuroses) remarked offhandedly: "Oh, hey, did you hear about how the world isn't going to end in December?"
My curiosity was instantly piqued. "And?"
"Apparently they found a whole new hidden room with even MORE of the Mayan calendar in it, so I guess we can rest easy for another 7500 years or so."
|Very good point...|
I'm not going to lie; I felt an instant wave of relief wash over me. After all, it was comforting to hear that the world isn't going to end and ruin the 2012 holiday season.
The whole thing strikes me as rather hilarious; I worried all this time about a calendar that wasn't even complete? And some people just happened to stumble into a whole room full of information that would assuage my deepest fears?
You've got to be kidding me.
Found: The Oldest Maya Calendar (and No, the World's Still Not Ending
The real question here is: what the hell am I going to fret about now? Global warming? Economic collapse? Chinese traffic jams? Snooki's pregnancy? I'll need to put a lot of careful thought into selecting my next ulcer-creating catastrophe du jour.
Hm... what does the Internet say?
And "Jersey Shore" it is!
Although... the Zombie Apocalypse may be coming sooner than expected, as evidenced by this recent news story.
So many things to worry about - so little time!