I was having 'mommy margaritas' with my dear friend one evening to celebrate her upcoming 30th birthday and half a pitcher in she was like 'turning 30 sucks' and I was like 'you suck because I'm 35 and I want to be 30' and we both giggled and poured another glass. Then we got all serious about getting older. She was like 'I never thought about turning 30...it's like it would never actually happen' and in my margarita enhanced mental state a light bulb burned brightly over my head. I responded 'it's because ever since we were born we have been taught the end of the world is near.'
Think about it. We are the 'end of the world generation.'
In the 1990's all we heard about was Y2K and how it would be the end of the world. That came and went, yet here we are. Then it was that darn Mayan calendar. I was convinced aliens were planning an invasion and I was horrified at the idea of my babies not growing up. That came and went, yet here we are. But Jesus is coming back. He's been coming back for YEARS. ALL of the signs say so.
So I have always had this idea of never growing old...
But it's happening, and I think it's a bit of a shocker to a lot of people in my generation. I mean c'mon, the world has been ending for as long as we can remember. It's no big deal to rake up some debt, eat whatever we want, our life is short.
All of these doomsday prep shows certainly don't help. I watch them sometimes; these people are intense. Does it make me want to stock up on Doritos and beer and buy a slingshot? Nah. It does make me realize that I don't want to live past whatever catastrophe is obviously coming soon. A world with no iPhones, air conditioning, where people stab each other over a can of sardines? No thanks. I will be out in my yard with a big bulls-eye waiting for that alien bomb or slathered up with chocolate syrup running down the street waiting for the zombie apocalypse.
I'm going to be turning 40 this decade. My kids are growing up fast. I will see them graduate high school...then college...get married...
But then again, Jesus is coming back soooo....I'm gonna go shop on Etsy.