The Case of the False Apocalypse

The Case of the False Apocalypse

Youngjoo Ahn, Staff Writer

It was like any other Friday, or rather like any other day before a long break from school. It was about seven when I first blinked my eyes open. I shut my eyes a couple times before falling right back to sleep but luckily the alarm went off at seven twenty, clearly indicating that there was no more time for sleep. It was a minimum day and I wondered why I even had to drag myself out of bed for this. I sleepily picked out something to wear when my eyes wandered to the window where the sky was apparently a shade of red. It was a sign.

The world was supposedly going to end on December 21, 2012 according to the Mayan Calendar. If you’re anything like me, you probably had an inkling of doubt in your mind. I didn’t seriously believe the world was going to end but there was no way to be sure. Apparently ten percent of the US population truly believed that there was going to be an apocalypse. The scientists at NASA even went through the trouble of hosting a Google Hangout just to reassure people that the world was indeed not going to end.  But how many of us had that grain of doubt? Maybe the world could’ve gone through a series of coincidental natural disasters like in the movie 2012. Maybe a planet would crash into Earth. Maybe cats all over the world would join forces to put an end to the human race.

I woke up on the 22nd sort of relieved that I was still alive. I routinely checked Facebook to see the swarm of self righteous posts about surviving. There were a few posts along the lines that people should always live their lives to the fullest because no one knows when the world might end. At eleven on the 21st, I was sitting in front of my computer watching a Christmas movie and I realized that that status was completely true. Although you don’t know when the world will end, you do have control over what you do until then.

The little things matter the most sometimes. The little compliments can make someone else’s entire day. Doing things that you love is also a worthwhile way to spend a day. Instead of spending a lazy day doing nothing, although those days are nice once in awhile, do something that’ll make you smile every time you think about it.

I used to hate photos. I was that child who would purposely make a face to ruin the whole picture. In almost all my old pictures, I would be looking in the opposite direction. Avoiding pictures was never a challenge for me. However, I really wish I had taken more childhood photos. I try to take more photos now just for the sake of preserving memories. At the end of the day, all we have are the memories.

I learned a lot from this false alarm. I learned that I really shouldn’t be so gullible about everything I read on the web or hear from friends. More importantly, I learned that we should try to make the best of our lives because no one knows when the world will end. We shouldn’t wait for the end of the world to do the things we want to do most. I don’t know how I want to spend my last day on Earth but it shouldn’t matter if I live every day like my last.