December 21st is fast approaching – tomorrow in fact. Hollywood has made zillions out of scaring the beyjesus out of people, prophesising about the end of the world in its apocalyptic movies. Doomsday followers are busy packing their survival kits, so that they can fend off the flesh eating zombies who will, apparently, inherit the earth. Even NASA has created a website (http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012.html#planets) which dispels the numerous doomsday theories that we are to be torn apart by a ‘rogue’ planet, solar flare or polar reversal / shift.
On the other side of the fence, where the grass truly is greener, are those who believe that an enormous spiritual event will occur on December 21st, one that will change the energies of all beings, pushing us towards understanding, compassion and love. Given the choice between the two, I know which theory I prefer.
So, here’s what I’d like to see happen in the new age:
• Less impact of the ‘reality’ stars, such as the Kardashians and the Hiltons. They are famous because they represent a way of life that is desirable to young and impressionable minds, not because they make the world a better place. The younger generations have grown up internalising the conviction that Botox, collagen, false nails, tans, breasts and hair is what makes a woman beautiful and worthy. It isn’t. Every woman is beautiful, whether her face would be chosen to adorn the cover of a magazine or not. Every woman is worthy of love, both from herself and from others.
• Less celebrity perfume. Come on! Everyone is on the bandwagon. Britney and Paris seem to be the worst offenders for releasing too many perfumes, and even my old favourite, Bruce Willis has released one. Brucey! What the hell are you thinking? It’s just a grab for cash. Coco would be spinning in her grave.
• Less labelling of sports stars as heroes. They are role models,(sometimes not overly good ones), not heroes. They are amongst the rare few who are paid a lot of money to do something that they love. There are so many real heroes in our society who are rarely thanked for the work they do such as: personal carers, teachers, nurses, emergency workers, counsellors, humanitarians, volunteers of all sorts, environmentalists and those who fight for worthy causes. The list could go on, but you get my meaning.
• The redundancy of the term ‘Super mum’ for superstars. Most of them have nannies, housekeepers, personal chefs, personal assistants and an entourage of indecent proportions. How does that make them super mums?
I could go on and on, because many things need to change in order to make the world a better place. World peace, freedom from hunger and oppression, the end of domestic violence and cures for all sorts of diseases top the list. In the meantime I will continue to grow as a human being – a better human being – and to be open to all the universe has to offer me.
Of course, if the world does end on that date I will be laughing on the other side of my face- literally if I turn into a flesh eating zombie. I had considered not wrapping all our Christmas presents prior to the 21st, because I suck at wrapping gifts and wouldn’t want to go to all that bother only to have them torn open and enjoyed by the newly arrived flesh eating zombies. But in a display of my confidence in the new age, I will sit down tonight and wrap until my fingers are bound together in cello-tape, covered in scissor nicks and every profanity in existence has fallen out of my mouth.