The World Is Ending — What’re Ya Gonna Do?

Photo: Matte painting of Claudia McKinney's vision of a city before the apocalypse. (Claudia McKinney)

Haven’t you heard? Tomorrow is the end of days.

There’s a glossy and fiery campaign sweeping the nation, warning humanity that the apocalypse is looming — that tomorrow, May 21, we’ll all go up in a puff of smoke.

Hmmmm. We have our doubts. With all due respect to extreme belief systems, it seems that our demise would more likely be brought on gradually by a puff of smog if we ignore our Earth-loving vows. The next 12 hours might be better spent in hypothetical preparation than by stocking our bunkers with dehydrated ice cream (thank you, Space Camp); there’s no better time to unfold that cheesy “bucket list” and practice asking, “What if?”

Do what you love: If you had nothing to lose, what would you do? Yup, it’s cliche and corny, but it’s a cliche for a reason, right? Dust off your paintbrushes, put that band together, choose a career/major/path that really trips your trigger.

Help out: It’s tempting to hoard time and resources when ambition means a long-term plan. If all of that energy and stuff were going to waste, it would be easier to share, right? Sign up to volunteer or make a donation to a cause you care about.

Speak up: Tell the people you love that you love ‘em. Thank someone for something you’ve been meaning to thank ‘em for. Apologize for that long-standing wrong you’ve been hoping to right. Use your voice to let people know you believe that¬†Love is Respect — and that there’s nothing wrong with saying so.

Travel: Broaden your horizons and put things in perspective, experience a new culture, volunteer in a place that needs help, learn a new language and try new things. Teaching English abroad is a great way to afford living abroad while sharing knowledge at the same time. City Year has great opportunities to do service in different cities around the US.

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Belief systems aside, we can all agree that loving Mama Earth is good for longevity, right?

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There's no time like the present to share the Love is Louder message.