Friday, December 28, 2012

Bucket List

A wise man once said, goals that are not written down are just wishes.

So, since the world did not end last week, I have decided today, after spending all my year-end bonus in Singapore, to write down all my wishes and hopefully, it will turn to goals (terrible pun not intended).

Looking down the rather short list, I noted that this list (except for one particular item) is a worldly list. And, a selfish one at that. Nothing about feeding the poor or striving for world peace or saving the whales or fighting the jihad in Palestine. It's all about me. And, I suppose it does say something about me.... I am a worldly, somewhat materialistic person.

I traced back my life and I saw that I was not a worldly and materialistic person until maybe 10 years ago. That's when, after reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, I realised that life has been making all the decisions for me. That's how I end up to be what I am, where I am now. Not that I am doing badly, and every time I prostrate in my daily prayer, I thank Allah for all that He has given me and I pray that He will not take it away. But, in the back of my mind, there is this little voice that keeps saying, you could have done better.

There are places I want to see, things I want to do and luxurious things I want and would like to have. Worldly things, pleasurable things that some more religious people would shun, because these things distract you from your obligations.

There were times, I thought, yes Allah did not want me to have these things because then I will lose my way... I will stray from the right path... That I will become irresponsible... Maybe probably, I would have, should I acquired all that I desired when I was younger. I am older now, and as you grow older, you tend to care less about what people think or say about you, and you begin to do things that pleases you, not wanting to show-off, or impress anyone. Maybe it is just mid-life crisis kicking in... but what the heck... now that the children are growing up and becoming more independent, I don't think it's wrong to start pampering myself, before I die.....

Forgot to put bungee jumping on the list.

Friday, December 14, 2012

7 Days to Live

This coming Friday, on December 21, 2012, the planet Nibiru, last seen only by the ancient Sumerians a few thousand years ago, will come around and pass so near our earth that it will shift the poles and cause a cataclysm, wiping all living things on our planet. According to Nancy Lieder, this phenomenon was first predicted to happen in 2003, but when nothing happened then, she postponed it to 2012. Ms Lieder claimed that she was abducted by aliens when she was young and later released so that she can warn all of us of the impending end of the world.

Something is going to happen on December 21, some people insists, because that is the last day on the Mayan Calendar. The Mayan Calendar it seems is as accurate as the atomic clock, marking exactly the celestial events for the last 5,000 years. Some say that a meteor will fall to earth and we will then go the way of the dinosaurs. Or.... a huge solar flare occurs, engulfing and annihilating all planets in its path, earth included. Or... the planets will align causing the earth's magnetic fields to reverse and everything goes haywire. In a documentary I saw, a guy with weird hair said that the last day in the Mayan calendar marks the return of a Mayan god, Bolon Yokte, who is really an alien and the god of destruction, to take all our sinful souls to hell.... or something like that.

But, whether the Mayans actually penciled in their calendar that the last day in their calendar is to be the last day of earth, I do not know..... and I don't think so. The Gregorian calendar ends on December 31 every year and the next day it goes back to January 1. Maybe the Mayans had a lot of time on their hands to make a huge calendar (carved in stone, no less) that is thousands of years long.

In their website, NASA scientists said that there don't seem to be a big enough meteor hurtling down to earth that can cause total destruction that they are aware of; nor are they aware of any alignment of the planets happening any time in the near future (the last one happened in 2000). Solar flares, according to them, will affect communication satellites and that's all. Solar storms peak every 11 years.... hardly a strange phenomenon.

In actual fact, if the Mayans are still around today, on December 22, 2012, they will be celebrating a new B'ak'tun, just as we would celebrate a new century or a new millennium. (1 B'ak'tun = about 400 years)

As for me, I will follow suit what my friend Sukman is doing; start to think about my resolutions for 2013.