Not to freak you out, but think about it...
All the amazing people that have died this year: Prince, Bowie, Cohen, Brandie, Nancy...
A real estate developer turned reality star is now our President Elect.
Kim Kardashian has stopped tweeting, for God's sake!!!
What if this really is the end of the world? Would it really be that far fetched to believe that a meteor is, at this very moment, redirecting its course to put a cap on the Worst Year Ever?
I don't really think it's the end of the world, although with all the craziness and loss this year, it does have the average person thinking a little like a doomsdayer. So while I think the planet will make it for a few million more years, it wouldn't hurt to start acting like the end is near. Because really, we ARE mortal. And that mortality comes with an expiration date. We have a limited amount of days to do life. Why waste any precious one?
Now, before you pull out your Bucket List and plan all the world traveling you need to do before you die, ask yourself some questions.
How are you living?
Who are you helping?
Who are you hurting?
What, if anything, are you doing to make your world a better place?
Maybe it's marching on the streets and vowing to protect your cause to your dying breath. But if you're not that much of a warrior and large crowds stress you out, there are still people that need you.
Look across the street. See that girl walking to school? She dreams of being a doctor one day. Problem is, she doesn't have anyone helping her with her homework. Homework isn't a priority at her house. And that's sad, because if she fails, we all fail.
See the lady at the coffee counter? See how tired her eyes are? She's a single mom on welfare because her ex-husband decided to abandon his responsibilities and now it's up to her to do it all. She'd appreciate your kindness, even if she messes up your order.
That man sleeping on the street? He was a financial analyst a long time ago. Something lit up in his head one day and now he's here in front of your building "stinking up the place." He doesn't have clean socks and you have a Costco card. How hard would it be to get a bag of socks and give them to him?
What if this is the end of the world? What did you do with your days? Did you make an impact on the lives of those around you? There's still time.
How can you pitch in to help a neighbor? What resources in your area could use your donations? Where are your talents needed?
If this is the end of the world, go out swinging! Make life better for others. But even if it's not, (which it probably isn't, so relax, we're all stuck on this rock for a while) you can still do more with your days. You can ride your bike through the hills of Cinque Terre and still make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate.