in worrying about the world ending on the 21st?

(353 Posts)
kaylasmum Wed 05-Dec-12 11:13:19

I know i'm being irrational but i'm really getting worried. i suffer from anxiety and this is really getting to me.

aibu?

kaylasmum Wed 05-Dec-12 11:20:14

just me then? i must sound crazy!

Snorbs Wed 05-Dec-12 11:20:41

YANBU but YABirrational.

Did you have a calendar on your wall in 2011? Did you notice the world ending on Dec 31 2011 when your calendar ran out? No? Same thing with this.

kaylasmum Wed 05-Dec-12 11:31:45

yeah i know, its just all the stuff i've been reading on it. Its quite scary.

The likelihood is incredibly slim.

The science stuff is basically all false - a quick look at NASA's webpages will tell you that. It's pseudoscience basically - false.

The Mayan stuff - had you honestly ever heard of the Mayans before hearing about 2012? Other than those of us who specifically go out of our way to study such peoples very few will have come across the tribe, or you might know the name but not much else (just like the Aztec, the Incas etc). It seems they were pretty good at predicting the lunar cycles - which is probably a question of good mathematical understanding and tracking what they see the moon doing.

I have never heard of them making any other credible predictions - which does make you wonder why so many people are now trusting in them.

Not only that - but the predictions (all 2 of them, and they were pretty much ilegible and had to be translated) are somewhat specific to their own beliefs and Gods.

On top of that - what can be read (that they "wrote") refers to dates other than 2012 and extends far beyond into the future.

The Mayans that still exist aren't worried either and are saying the end of a cycle is seen as a cause of great celebration (just like we had when we celebrated the millenium)

The believers - the publicised ones - appear to be either a) very mentally ill, b) believers in all manner of oddities and pseudoscience or c) trying to cash in - one of the bigger websites is trying to sell t shirts and survival guides for goodness sake.

http://www.2012hoax.org/ - is the best place to go, run by credible scientists.

I seriously wouldn't worry if you can help it - try to focus on Christmas instead, plan something nice for the 21st.

I have anxiety too and have been worrying like crazy about this, have done a lot of research into it to try and calm myself down lol.

DowntonNappy Wed 05-Dec-12 11:33:18

I was terrified at the start of the year with the big storms (I'm in Glasgow) etc. And everywhere just had an ominous feeling about it.

But now everyone's full of cheer about Christmas, I'd completely forgotten about the impending Doomsday until i saw this thread.

I've come to the conclusion, it's all nonsense.

There was supposed to be a mad American last year who predicted an alien invasion on 21st May. He created a cult of believers. One of them was a millionaire and blew all his money because he believed he was going to die on that date.

22nd May came and he was very much alive and penniless.

Although I've noticed an abundance of natural disasters being reported over the past few years, and I'm scared about global warming, I don't think anything major will happen on a specific date this month.

Maybe in a good few years (remember the Uk is only a tiny island, i find it astounding we've not had a killer tidal wave or anything yet!), but not right now.

Go on the Nasa website. They have a page dedictaed to Doomsday and how it's scientifically implausable.

Purple2012 Wed 05-Dec-12 11:34:36

I don't believe it, but even if it did happen we wouldn't know about it.

kaylasmum Wed 05-Dec-12 11:35:52

thanks for that fed up. Its horrible being so anxious about stuff, especially stuff that i don't even understand.

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Wed 05-Dec-12 11:36:44

Ah don't worry. If it does it'll be over quick.

Joking.

It's not going to happen. Just you watch <hopeful>

kaylasmum Wed 05-Dec-12 11:39:47

I worry for my dcs, god i feel sick at the thought!

saulaboutme Wed 05-Dec-12 11:40:37

I don't know why cos I've always thought about this and don't think you're silly. It is worrying and they've been talking about it in church recently. I always knew what they are saying now which is only God knows when our world will 'end'. I have respect for all religions, to a point and not everyone believes in higher beings. It's made me anxious too, just try to be optimistic and not worry cos we really don't know and people have been saying this for so many years and then the time passes.

LadyKinbote Wed 05-Dec-12 11:40:41

OP - have you spoken to your GP about your anxiety? Are there other things in your life stressing you out? It seems a real shame to be worrying about this at a time of year when you should be feeling excited and Christmassy smile

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Wed 05-Dec-12 11:41:23

Have you spoke to your GP about your anxiety?

It's a horrible thing to live with. Have a brew and take deep breaths flowers

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Wed 05-Dec-12 11:41:50

X with lady

MrsMuddyPuddles Wed 05-Dec-12 11:43:01

YABU to read stuff about it!

I was freaked out, too, then I read the thing that said "since the Mayans didn't have leap years, it should have ended last year" and relaxed. Then I started avoiding THOSE headlines ditto things that say the world is going to hell in a handbasket and have felt better for it. Less stressed, less in need of my diazapam, more at peace.

ethelb Wed 05-Dec-12 11:44:50

what are you worried about? If the world ends the world ends.

You would literally have nothing to worry about in those circumstances.

InExitCelsisDeo Wed 05-Dec-12 11:44:54

Anybody remember Aztec Bars?

<diverts thread onto chocolate>

RooneyMara Wed 05-Dec-12 11:47:09

It's personal anxiety, that's all...I get it about anything, really, if I'm feeling scared enough in myself. iyswim?

It becomes a focus, it's like, you feel so small, and it feels immense and overwhelmingly relevant and really, if you were feeling Ok, and your life was filled already with good things and positive stuff then it wouldn't bother you - that's why most people don't worry about it and get on with their lives.

I'm not very worried about this thing. I think that's because I'm about to have a baby a couple of weeks later and tbh that carries its own anxiety and I'm very busy with all that.

So either the world ends and I escape giving birth, yay, or it doesn't and I'll have a nice baby.

It's all about how you are in yourself. Huge sympathy though, I totally understand.

Yes I think I do, were they a bit like mars bars?

My favourite chocolate was Top Deck. They were delicious but sadly not made here anymore sad

AnyaKnowIt Wed 05-Dec-12 11:48:28

Because of our leap years, the date has already passed.

Also ask yourself why they managed to predict the world ending, but didn't see the spanish coming smile

I know what you mean. I consider myself a very rational person, but I have to follow current events in detail for work purposes and there is just so much terrible stuff going on at the moment that sometimes it freaks me out and I think the end must be nigh.

My son is only 2 and sometimes it seems impossible that he will grow old in a more or less normal world.

But then, if you look at history, mankind has been through so many bad patches before and we are still here. I try to remember this when I get extra-anxious.

kaylasmum Wed 05-Dec-12 11:49:38

I had bad health anxiety last year and had a year of councelling, i've been a lot better until now.

ethelb -how do you know that we won't suffer if this happens, who says it'll be quick?

AnyaKnowIt Wed 05-Dec-12 11:49:55

Oh and the people who have studied the Mayans believe its a load of old tosh!

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Wed 05-Dec-12 11:50:16

<narrows eyes> exit is that you? wink

I don't remember Aztec bars! Were they nice?

NothingIsAsBadAsItSeems Wed 05-Dec-12 11:50:31

I just can't believe that a civilization unable to understand that drinking water contaminated by human waste would help lead to their downfall could accurately predict the worlds end.

Don't forget that the world was meant to end earlier in the year as well and probably at some point last year too... The date just keeps getting pushed further and further back as each prediction is disproved.

I seem to remember a number of people taking advantage of those who believed that the world would end on May 21st by setting up animal rescue/adoption centers for the animals left behind after the rapture. Did the rapture happen... No. Did some non believers make a fair bit of money from those who did... Yes

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