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2012 Mayan Prophecy – Do you live life to the full?

If the 2012 Mayan Prophecy does end on 21 December then will you look back on your life and think that you lived it to the full?

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World Ending 2012

The end is nigh!

That is if you decide to believe in the 2012 Mayan prophecy that was recorded 5,125 years ago basically outlining that on the 21 December 2012 it is the end of civilization as we know it.

World Ending 2012

Quite frankly I think it’s a load of hogwash and the dude that was writing down the dates got sick of recording all those years on a stone tablet.

However, let’s entertain that thought for a minute…

From today (Friday 20 January 2012) you have exactly 336 days remaining for the rest of your life. That is just 11 months and 2 days. More precisely it is 485,000 minutes and counting…

It’s one helluva scary thought.

I have been asked before whether I would want to know the day I die. I can honestly not answer that question. If you had the chance, would you want to know?

On one hand, it would be fantastic because you could tick off everything on your bucket list. However, on the other hand, knowing what was inevitable wouldn’t that just make you to want to wrap yourself in cotton wool and hide from everything?

If you knew exactly how many minutes you had left in your lifetime would you waste them?

Would you sit in that same traffic jam every morning and night to get to and from that dead-end job that you hate to go to EVERY. SINGLE. DAY?

Would you sit in front of the television pushing your microwave meal around your plate wondering “what might have been“?

Would you watch your life slip out of your hands with regrets knowing that you had never experienced so many things that travel could have provided like White Water rafting in Canada, Ice Climbing in Scotland, kissing snakes in Marrakech, Snorkeling with Turtles in Samoa or touching the Great Pyramids of Egypt.

Or would you turn the throttle on your life and hurtle towards the end so that when the day does come you are content with your life knowing that you lived it to the full?

So whether or not you are like us and you don’t believe that we are all going to perish on 21 December 2012 then excellent! BUT, that is no excuse for not grabbing 2012 by the balls and making this your best year ever!

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23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Sebastian @ Off-The-Path.com

    January 20, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Great post cole!!! Last year was wicked when it comes to travel and I want to make this year legendary! I don’t believe in that the world is going to end this year anyways I always try to make every year the best year of my life 🙂

    • Cole

      January 20, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      Thanks Sebastian. I hope it proves to be a fantastic year of travel for you and make sure you keep sharing your stories with us 😉

  2. Steve Collins

    January 20, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    I never believed that the 2012 date meant an “end of time”. What I DO believe is that it’s a marker for those who will be aware of a transition from one era to another. It can be seen as a 52,000 year calendar marking the passage of our solar system around the hub of our galaxy. What are the opportunities involved in waking up to our intuitive awareness? So I don’t believe my life is ending but I do believe that new awarenesses of how to appreciate and live life are available. So, thanks for the food for thought. The question for me is how can I more fully expand my ways to learn and know? Happy 2012!

    • Cole

      January 20, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      Great points Steve and we agree it is not going to be the end of time! Happy to eat my hat if it is though 🙂 Just wanted everyone to take the opportunity that this may present to live life to the maximum this year and do something new with their lives!

  3. Amanda

    January 21, 2012 at 5:36 AM

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m going to live this year – and every year – as if it were going to end tomorrow. Life is far too short for regrets! 2012 is absolutely going to be “the year of travel” for me, too!

    • Cole

      January 21, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      That is a good way to live life Amanda and totally agree with you. Hopefully see you somewhere on your travels 🙂

  4. Cal

    January 21, 2012 at 5:39 AM

    I’m not sure about the world ending in 2012, it may it may not. I don’t know. Regardless, I always try to live my life like every day might be the last.

    We are all walking on eggshells. There is a very fine line between life and death. We are all very lucky to even be here.

    • Cole

      January 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      Good to hear Cal! It is the right attitude in our opinion and completely agree with you 😉

  5. dtravelsround

    January 21, 2012 at 6:04 AM

    Regardless of whether or not the world is ending, I will always choose to live life to the fullest. Related: can’t wait to get out and travel!!!

    • Cole

      January 21, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      Nice work! And can’t wait to read about more of your travels soon 🙂

  6. Angela

    January 21, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    2012 won’t bring the end of the world, but I do hope it will bring a big change..

    • Cole

      January 22, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      We definitely need a new way to look at things. Fingers crossed we see a big movement around the world.

  7. Justin@GreatFamilyEscape

    January 22, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Well, I’m set to depart for a life of travel on December 1st. So I am going to be really, really pissed if my adventures are limited to 21 days!

    I have kids and all that, and nothing is stopping me. You get one chance – use it! Great post!

    • Cole

      January 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      Hahahaha brilliant Justin! We wish you all the best on your upcoming travels and what a great way to live your life.

  8. Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    January 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    If it does, at least I will have already lived out one of my dreams of taking a travel sabbatical in Latin America 🙂

    • Cole

      January 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Wish they had a “like” button on here Stephanie! Not sure when we will make it South America but hopefully sometime soon 🙂

  9. Judge

    February 5, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    The end is nigh! Thanks for sharing the word. 😉

    • Cole

      February 6, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      Haha no problem.

  10. Natalie

    February 9, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    I wish I knew if it was true – I would finally tell some home truths that I refrain from saying to some certain horrible people 🙂

    • Cole

      February 9, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      Haha well that is definitely a different way to go about your last few days Natalie haha

  11. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    April 11, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    Great motivational post! It’s hard to listen to people who complain about their lives and never do anything to change it. Change and the unknown is terrifying, however I feel that the alternative is much worse- a boring, un-challenging, predictable existence. My goal is to live a life worth living and not miss a single opportunity. Glad you’re traveling and following your dreams 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      April 11, 2012 at 9:22 AM

      Thanks Mary 🙂 You guys are definitely living life to the full and we follow your travels and dreams as well! Keep it up.

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There is something awesome about offroading – the ability to just drive is so freeing it can get addictive! But if you don’t want to get stuck or find yourself in a jam, you will need to make sure that your car is properly equipped to handle the terrain in front of you.

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Car Snorkel

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The Right Tires

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Storing Extra Fuel

When you are far away from anywhere, fuel stations are, obviously, few and far between. This means that you need to think carefully about how much fuel you will need as running out in this environment is extremely dangerous. You could think about installing a long range fuel tank or bring jerry cans of fuel just in case.

Whichever method you choose, you need to make sure that you have enough plus spare to get to your next fuel stop. However, do remember that your vehicle will be weighted down with all your food and water as well as your clothes and whatever else you want to take. This means that you will go through fuel a bit faster than normal – especially if you are using your car battery to cook.

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California, United States.

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Victoria, Australia.

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Remember, You’ll Get Further When You Smile 

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Explore the Markets and Don’t Forget to Haggle

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Sample the Street Food, But Do So Carefully

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Find Time to Relax and Slow Down

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