It's the End of the World as we Know It, and I Feel Fine
For those of you who haven't yet heard, certain "experts" have been interpreting a dead language of the Mayans, looking at their calendar, and determined that the end of the world will be December 21st, 2012. From this prediction, several world-wide disaster movies have been created, playing off this idea. And as a natural extension, there are actually people that believe that the end of the world is coming tomorrow.
So my question is, will sick leave cover the world ending? Because I'm definitely not coming in to work if the world is burning up in flames. When I was in High School in the late part of the last century, the world was supposed to end. I asked my teachers if I had to do my homework, seen as how the world was going to end and all. They wouldn't let me off, for some reason. I guess it was because the world didn't end. Since then several other predictions of the world ending has come and gone, all of which has really got me worried about how much sick leave I have accrued.
But seriously, it's a good idea to prepare for some kind of disaster. based on USGS surveys, somewhere in the world there will be at least one earthquake, there will be horrible winter storms, and someone partying their last day on Earth just might get drunk and down a power line. All of these can mean that you will need to be prepared.
I'm not talking prepared in the sense that there will be mutant zombies knocking at your door, but it's a good idea to have some food stored away, extra water, blankets for heat, and some sources of light and entertainment. My family likes to have board games on hand. We also have oil lamps (which look really cool even without an emergency), and a decent amount of food storage for a couple of weeks if necessary.
At any rate, if it is the end of the world as we know it tomorrow, then there is no point in worrying. We can't do anything about it, so why try? Instead, it's a great time to love your family just that little more, get as many hugs as you can, and enjoy that last piece of cheescake.