none;text-autospace:none"> In the past couple weeks, I’ve taken time for myself to connect to my soul. I’ve been meditating, fasting, writing poetry of my inner feelings, and spending a lot of time alone. I’ve been researching different religions, trying to find my own spirituality. I won’t lie, I also took some time to be lazy. I sat around, watched TV, listened to music, and enjoyed being 16 during the summer time. text-autospace:none">But in the midst of my laziness and soul searching, I had quite a frightful epiphany. text-autospace:none">Now, as far as pop culture goes, I’ll let Jason Singer keep you informed. That man knows more about what’s going on with celebrities, sports, movies and music than most people my age do. He’s very informed (I’m a fan of his blog). text-autospace:none">Yet you’d have to live under a rock to not notice how many celebrities have bit the dust in the past month alone. I mean look at the list: text-autospace:none">• David Carradine (actor in the Kill Bill movies) text-autospace:none">• Bob Bogle (lead guitarist of The Ventures) text-autospace:none">• Ed McMahon (Star Search, Publishers Clearing House and much more) text-autospace:none">• Farrah Fawcett (actress from Charlie’s Angels) text-autospace:none">• Michael Jackson (King of Pop, do I even have to explain who he is?) text-autospace:none">• Billy Mays (The OxiClean and Orange Glo guy) text-autospace:none">• Steve McNair (retired NFL quarterback) text-autospace:none">• Walter Cronkite (CBS evening newscaster) text-autospace:none">• Frank McCourt (author of Angela’s Ashes) text-autospace:none">There are so many more I didn’t even mention. Even Oscar Mayer and Gidget the Taco Bell dog kicked the bucket just recently. The freaking Taco Bell dog died! On top of everything else. But why am I even bringing up this morbid discussion? text-autospace:none">Well, remember my soul searching? In that search, I started reading the Bible. Now I accept that not every one believes in God, but I still do ... to a point. While I was reading, I came across a verse that shook me slightly. It was Matthew 24:29 of the King James Version. It says: text-autospace:none">“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.” text-autospace:none">I normally don’t get scared easily. I love scary movies, gore, ghosts and aliens. But this hit me on a deeper level because I read this verse not even a few hours after I watched a televised news broadcast of the Solar Eclipse on July 22. Once I managed to shake off the unnerved feeling I had, I got online to do some research. I was disturbed by what I found. A simple Google search brought up NASA’s web page that explained how the Solar Eclipse of July 22 was the longest of the 21st Century. The total of 6 minutes and 39 seconds caused a lot of attention. Not only is it a record breaker that isn’t expected to be surpassed until the year 2132, but it’s also the second eclipse in a three-part eclipse series in a month-long period (the first having been on July 7, and the next coming up on Aug. 6.) text-autospace:none">Is anyone still confused about why I’m mentioning any of this? If you reread the verse of the Bible I refer to above, it states how “the moon shall not give her light” and “stars will fall” before the end of the world. Well, the moon isn’t giving light, and stars (aka celebrities) are falling all over the place. Let’s just hope the atomic conversion of the sun’s hydrogen atoms to helium atoms doesn’t just up and stop or we’re done for. text-autospace:none">You can take this as a warning, or as a joke. It depends on if you’re religious or not, and if you choose to believe. Do I really think the world is going to end anytime soon? No, not really. But that doesn’t mean we should stop looking for the signs. You shouldn’t start living your life in fear of Armageddon, either, but maybe you can take this as a chance to rethink how you live your life. The end is near, or not. You never know. So don’t take a moment for granted.
*RIP to all those stars, mentioned or not, who died in the past month*