I don’t believe that the world will end this Friday (December 21st, 2012). Because the truth is, the world can end anytime. And we should all be in the better place to know that. But even if the world won’t end this Friday, or even if it doesn’t end until the many millennia to come, the life of an individual is fleeting and unpredictable. The enigma and the evanescence of our existence are some of the reasons that have caused me to gather pictures around the world that remind us of how and what we are as a humanity, and of the inescapable fate that awaits each of us.
Alan Watts once said, “Imagine going to sleep… and not waking up.”
Nothing is certain. And as much as that is quite terrifying, it is also relieving to remind ourselves that there’s really nothing we can do. Except for the simple things that give joy in life: laughter, love, compassion, real friendships, nature and the momentary madness. Since I was a kid I already wondered how to live life to fullest. And growing up, I tried my best to live each day as if it was the last. And I risked a lot already. I have put my heart out in the open, knocked on people’s doors, positioned myself out of my comfort zones and even experimented with death, mentally, physically and socially. And I know now that no matter what you do, nothing will ever change. This is humanity’s fate. This is how society is, how life works, how the world turns. And as much as I have a lot of hatred, doubts, questions and ideals about all of this, life will turn out to be however it will turn out to be.
I learned now that there is no big difference between skydiving and preparing schedules in an office. At the end of the day we are what we are, we do what we do and we end up being in a particular place because we CHOSE to be there. NO ONE IS TO BLAME. We don’t have to live life to the fullest because there is no such thing— we just have to live. That’s all there is to do.
Consider this as my “just-in-case-the-world-or-my-life-will-come-to-an-end-pretty-soon” Christmas present to each and everyone of you.
“The best day I ever had was when tomorrow never came.” – Kurt Cobain