Ok, before the movie, before the hype and before all these back to back crazy natural disasters, I was always fascinated by the end of the world or a global extinction. To me, it makes sense for the earth to cleanse itself. Will it happen in my lifetime? Who knows. I don't know if "fun" is the word to describe studying this topic, but it is definitely thrilling.
The mayan prophecy supposedly states that the world will end December 21st, 2012, and Nostradamus mentioned somewhere close to that date as well. In any case, the earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and other natural disasters are enough to get me at least prepared for something traumatic. Isn't it interesting how a major earthquake in another country gets us worried, yet we still go to work and carry on? We will still do the daily grind until it directly affects us. We are such good citizens. We can have a major one in a neighboring state and we will still make sure we are at work on time the next day.
So, whether the end of the world is coming soon or not, it is good to be prepared. With this, I have come up a few ideas. I don't mean to scare anyone, but if our surroundings are rubble and our cell phones don't work how will we locate our loved ones? You come up with a meeting spot. Make sure the ones you love know where to meet, I was thinking maybe a park or figure out the coordinates of a specific area and memorize it and pass it along. Have a survival kit handy, with a compass, flashlight, knife, etc. Also, dehydrate your own foods, make them compact along with plenty of water. Put it all in a backpack and make sure you know exactly where it is.
I keep thinking about the Japan earthquake, what if that happened to us? Would you have any regrets? All material objects will be gone, money too (luckily I don't have much). If you knew this would happen how would you live? In A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle describes loss as stripping away your ego. You are literally left with nothing but everything at the same time. Your aliveness is what keeps you going and there is almost a peace in knowing you no longer have anything to cling to, no matieral objects (the bright side?).
"Live each day as if it were your last" has a new meaning when natural disasters are all around you and the threat of another extinction is looking at you in the face. Life is short whether we live until we are 100 or the world ends in 2012.