So I just finished Season 4, Episode 6 of Parks and Recreation. In it, characters behave like it is the end of the world and start trying to live without regrets, party hard, finish bucket lists or other things. What really struck me about this episode was when, toward the end ot the episode, a character asks another what they would do if it was the end of the world. And that got me thinking.
What would I do?
Some people would party till the end and engage in rampant debauchery. Others would spend their last moments surrounded by friends and family. Or maybe they’d spend their last hours trying to live their lives as much as possible. But personally, I wouldn’t do any of those things.
First, I think I’d say my goodbyes to friends and family. For some people, it’d be a short text, for others, it’d be a long phone call. I think this would be the hardest part. I’ve personally always had trouble saying goodbye. It’s just hard for me to deal with important people in my life leaving it. Thankfully, any “goodbye” I’ve said has always been paired with a “see you later” or “until next time”. But, knowing that this would be the last contact I’d ever have with them, it’d be difficult to say everything I wanted to say.
Once that’s done, I’d grab some snacks and drinks and hop in my car and drive someplace with a nice view. Maybe it could be a view of whatever city I’m in or just somewhere out in the woods. But the key is the view. I want to be looking at something nice when everything ends.
After finding a nice place, I’d turn on some music, climb onto the roof of the car and take in the view. From there, I’d just wait it out till the end. Nothing big, nothing glamorous. Maybe I’ll have some other people there. Maybe not.
What would you do if the world was about to end?