December 31

New Year’s Eve

 

As this dreadful year comes to a close, you realize that everything in this Apocalypse-a-Day calendar is a metaphor. It is all true.

For example, the apocalypse of monstrous childbirth represents all your failed dreams. The apocalypse of terrorism forces you to confront your cultural and racial prejudices, which you unsuccessfully attempt to deny. The apocalypse of aging reenacts your own fears that life fades with each breath, passing faster than you could have ever imagined.

And on and on.

You realize that next year there will be another calendar like this one. As with most calendars, the dates and entries will repeat the previous year’s bleak, relentless patterns.