Today, At the End of the World
We start out innocently enough, awaking at five in the morning to raging winds and rain. But there is work to be done, so we continue on into the kitchen, plugging in the Christmas tree lights as we go and deciding on this day, this end of days, to have omelettes and cappuccinos for breakfast with a side of cookies.
As the winds continue to howl and the sky darkens, I prepare for work by putting on my running shoes and realize training to run a 5k by December was a good choice. I am definitely more prepared now than I've been at any other point in my life to outrun the apocalypse.
I reflect on other peoples' choices to stockpile huge amounts of firearms in the face of impending doom, and wonder if they really plan on shooting hellfire and collision-course planets out of the sky. Best of luck to them.
It is easier for us to imagine rogue comets taking all scientists by surprise and wiping out the whole planet than it is to picture the seemingly banal heart attack, stroke, or cancer that will in fact claim many people today. It's a curious thought that millions of people will sell their worldly possessions and take shelter because of a possibly misunderstood ancient prophecy/calendar, but will not eat slightly better and move slightly more on a regular basis to push back their impending personal apocalypse.
But we don't know the scheduled dates for those things, and we do know planets will collide today, so we eat cookies with breakfast because that is how your last day on earth should start. I hug the people I love because that's how every day should start. And should we all survive the end of the world, tomorrow will start with oatmeal, and the running shoes will go back on, and hugging loved ones will continue because life continues and it is a wonderful gift that should never be taken for granted, and if it takes an ancient prophecy to remind us, so be it.
And if today is the end, I love and am loved and had cookies with breakfast, so I believe my life has been lived correctly, I have no regrets, and can agree with another ancient culture that Today Is a Good Day To Die.
The sun is coming out.