I promise I'm not trying to open up a can of worms with this topic, but I'm look for some warm fuzzies and just some humble & comforting opinions - I don't want this to develop into any religious debates as I'm only looking for guidance from all my chicken buddies. Despite my attempts to ignore the all "the talk", I couldn't seem to pry myself away from a History Channel show last night. The show was focused around the whole "2012" debate and the world ending or having some apocolyptic aftermath. To be honest with you guys, it started getting me a little nervous. I finally had to force myself to switch channels because I got so overcome with anxiety that I was about ready to start pricing out backyard bunkers. I keep finding myself thinking: Should I get more chickens... extra provisionings closer to time... or maybe start a garden and try to become more self-sufficient? And then I started thinking, if December 21, 2012 really is the end-all-be-all, am I spiritually ready? Probably not. I have a Christian upbringing, but admittedly I think I'm Agnostic. I believe there is a God - but who am I to say who that God truly is and what history/stories are real? I pray to God... sometimes, and I hope I'm heard, but in my mind I don't really affiliate that being with one certain religion. I always have hoped that by believing there is something after this world, and trying to be a good person, that the "real God" won't go all Puritan on me and send me to a firey prison for eternity - just because of my religious naivity. I believe faith comes within me and not within a building, but I'm starting to worry that it's just not enough. I won't even go into the anxiety I have of my 8 year old DD - I worry the most about her well being both here and in the after. So what can I do to calm my anxieties? What's your take on all of this 2012 hubbub? Or have you all been more successful in ignoring it all? I used to be better at not letting these types of things get to me... and then I became a Mother and now I worry about everything. Thanks all... hopefully the mods will let this thread stay open - if even just for a few comforting responses.