The World is Not Over!


I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that, since you’re reading this post right now, the world didn’t end.  Yup, it’s December 22nd, the day after the supposed end of the world, and, by the looks of it, we’re all still here.

Honestly, I don’t think many people truly believed that the Mayans were predicting the end of the world, but I do think a lot of people were using December 21st as a scapegoat.  I think the Twitter trend #EndOfTheWorldConfessions pretty much sums up what I’m talking about; however, I do think that this playful look at the end of our time really taught me a lot about life.  The truth is you never truly know when your time will come, so you have to be prepared for it at any given moment.  What I mean by “be prepared” is to live each moment so that if it really were your last moment you would have no regrets, leaving nothing undone or unsaid.  You have to live life in a way that, when you do go, you can look back at what you’ve accomplished and believe that there was nothing more you could’ve done.

With that being said, tell the people you care about that you love them.  Don’t let your mom think that she’s unappreciated and don’t let that girl think that she’s invisible to you.  Speak up about what you believe in.  Don’t let your morals and beliefs be jeopardized because you were too scared to voice your opinion.  Go after what you want in life.  Don’t let your passion be imprisoned within you without any outlets.  Don’t let your talent and motivation waste away in a place you could care less about.  Have fun.  Don’t spend your days denying invites to go out from your friends, so that you can sulk alone.  Don’t let any fears or reservations stop you from living your life.  Be honest with yourself and with others around you, project positive vibes, and use everything you have to make the most out of your life.  Don’t wait until “the end of the world” to live your life in the best possible way.

Treat December 21st as a little scare.  The scare that will push you to an even better way of life.  The scare that will keep you from counting down the days till the end of the world, but instead help you count the unforgettable days that you’ve lived so far and will continue to live.  It’s not the end of the world, so don’t treat yourself like you’re already  dead.

About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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