If the World Ends

Over lunch with friends this fine New Year's Day, we got to discussing how 2012 was eschatologically supposed to be the year the world ends. While the pseudo-prophesy surprisingly didn't get much buzz online in the last 24 hours, my boyfriend posed this hypothetical to each diner: "Would you do anything differently right now if you knew the world was going to end in December?"

It's a great question among reflections of resolutions and holiday cheer. The most common change joked around our table was that people would quit everything, take out all their money and travel - explore the world that is about to end, I guess.

While I hope to travel more, it's a hope despite, not because of, any alleged impending zero-hour. I really wouldn't be doing anything differently, which is perhaps why this New Year's Day felt like any other day to me.

Some forward-thinking proselytizers have dubbed 2012 "the year of the entrepreneur." I think it's not really the year of the entrepreneur so much as 2012 will be the year of self-determination. 

From that vantage point, what would you do if you knew we had only 354 days to go?


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