... just 18 days before her 100th birthday, on the eve of the New Year :(
I was just reading about her birthday preparations and her advice, this morning!
And when the news came across, I literally yelled - "Oh no! Noooo! Nope, not Betty White too! Now I'm SURE the world is ending!"
Not really, of course - but this has been one heck of a week, losing several people considered cultural and spiritual icons, just a few days apart, between Christmas and the dawn of a new year - it's kind of freaky, right?
I mean, I'm sure it's coincidence and there's a well-documented "holiday rallying" that goes on, a sort of "I'm going to make it to Christmas or the New Year" mentality in the elderly and terminally ill - and yet still, there sure were a lot this week, right?
It's sort of like, "Okay ... what ELSE is coming our way in 2022?" LOL
Probably nothing - but I WILL say - as crazy as this sounds - or crazier than I normally may sound (lol) - I do feel like something is spiritually shifting, I've felt that way all week.
As you can see from my prior posts around New Year's, I don't really get especially spiritual around New Year's - New Year's Day has always been just another day to me, nothing especially spiritual about it.
And yet I've had this feeling all week - which is what these more spiritual posts have been about.
Maybe it's just for us, maybe global. And I can't tell you whether it's good or bad change - maybe both - but it feels like something is on its way, something different?
I'm in hopes it will be "The Year of The Great White Settle-the-F-Down" - but that's not looking too good :)
(And by that, I do NOT mean named for Betty White, who was irrepressible - I mean less noble "whites" who get their "knickers in a knot" over self-induced, paranoid nonsense.)
So maybe it's all just wishful thinking ;)
Or maybe subconsciously - which I didn't realize consciously until this moment - I was aware this was the 10-year mark of the end of the Mayan Calendar.
You see, the reason the Mayan calendar is circular (much like a rudimentary form of Einstein's theory), rather than linear, is the Mayans believe that history will repeat itself in cyclical fashion, broken down by "epochs" of time, with each epoch lasting for approximately 70 to 80 years.
The end of each epoch is marked by a tumultuous transition period into a new epoch, lasting at least 10 years, sometimes more.
Not sure about that - but what they're basically saying is just because there's a major all-time conflict at an epoch's end mean doesn't mean there won't be residual conflicts and wars, that there won't be any turmoil during the epoch - there most definitely will be.
Now - again, when the Mayan calendar actually ended in 2012, nobody was sure what that meant, including the Mayans themselves lol. The Mayans didn't predict an apocalypse, though still a possibility, however unlikely.
HOWEVER - the end of the calendar did also mark the end of a Mayan 70-to-80-year epoch.
HOWEVER, despite being written in stone, the future itself is not written in stone - the Mayan calendar also leaves room for us to change our course, for several options at a future, a chance to to change it - each epoch's end is merely test us on how well did we learn our lessons from the chaos at the end of last great epoch end, when the chaos emerged again at the end of this one?
And we thank you - Archbishop Tutu, John Madden, Harry Reid, and Betty White - for making us laugh, entertaining us, touching our soul, uplifting our spirits, fighting for social change and justice, and/or bringing our country our first fledgling attempt at a national healthcare system - in short, making the world a better place, because you were here :)