Periodically throughout my teaching career I would be asked about whether I believed the world was going to end in 2012. They had heard that the Mayan calendar stopped in 2012 and so that asked me what I thought was going to happen. My students were fascinated with the end of the world and for some reason they thought that I was an expert in this arena. I always joked with my students that the Mayans who were in charge of making the calendar probably just got bored and stopped working on it when they hit 2012. I imagined the discussion to go something like this:
Mayan #1: On to 2013 we go!
Mayan #2: Seriously? I’m about done.
Mayan #1: We were given the honor of creating a calendar that our ancestors will use for generations to come.
Mayan #2: Yeah, that’s my problem, 2013 is over 1,500 years from now. That means our great-great-great-great-great-oh you get the point-grandkids will still not even be around to see the end of this calendar if we stop doing it now.
Mayan #1: But isn’t that what is the most amazing thing. We will have a legacy that will last forever. People will be talking about us for a long time.
Mayan #2: Do you really think it is going to be named after us? Yeah, I doubt that. Anyway, I’m bored so I’m just not going to do it anymore. Have fun though!
Alright, so it probably didn’t go quite like that, but I like to think it did. Anyway, I was on facebook and saw a comic that my friend shared. I definitely laughed when I read it, because it depicts Jesus thinking just like me! Then of course the comic gets a little more serious and I am going to leave you with the comic to get the brain thinking about the serious aspect of just living.
PS: I am pretty sure the comic Jesus has it right, if I knew it was my last day I would be curled up in the fetal position, for sure.