You may have heard speculation about the date, December 21, 2012. If you haven't then it's only a matter of time before you do, especially as the date steadily approaches.

A lot of doom and gloom prophesies have stated that this date will mark the end of the world as we know it; kind of like the Y2K scare of January 1, 2000.

But why the year 2012? Doesn't that date seem kind of a random to mark global disaster? How did they come up with such a date? It can all be traced back to the ancient Mayans.

The Mayan calendar was created thousands of years to go to map out time as they knew it based on the rotation of the planets and the various alignments of the stars. Their calendar accounts for billions of years before their time all the way up until December 21, 2012. Then it just stops, marking the end of time.

Although this is a very interesting fact, the truth is that no one knows for sure what will happen on that date. But the more you know, the better you can be prepared for anything.

The first thing you've got to realize is that the people who claim nothing but doom and gloom are the same people who claimed nothing but doom and gloom during Y2K, which means their claims should be taken with a grain of salt.

The truth is that people who peddle scary scenarios are actually peddling fear. And if you are entrenched with fear there is no way you can survive anything. So the most proactive thing you can do to survive 2012 is to not be afraid.

Another thing you will need to realize is that maybe the end of time is simply a metaphor for something else, and not literally the end of the world. Time is subjective, that's why many cultures from many different periods all had different calendar systems.

We've been stuck with the Gregorian calendar for the past couple thousand years but that doesn't mean it's the most accurate representation of "time." The Aboriginals don't even have a linear calendar. They view time as circular; a constant state of now that rises and falls with the stars.

Maybe the Mayans built a calendar that ends on December 21, 2012 because their understanding is that time as we know it ends on that date. It's hard to imagine what it must be like to not be a slave to time since it has been so ingrained into our lives.

But maybe the Mayans were on the same page as the Aboriginals, and perhaps our combined social consciousness will soon realize the same.

To understand what will happen in 2012 you should pay attention to your current surroundings. You've probably realized that things have been pretty chaotic in world news recently. That doesn't mean you should let every little thing effect you personally. Instead you should act like a casual observer and try to understand what it all might be leading up to.

Life as we know it is in the process of getting turned upside down, but not necessarily in a bad way. Crooks are being exposed, the power-hungry are losing control, and the general population is able to communicate with each other in more ways than ever before.

As the world goes through a paradigm shift it is important to note that there might be a few bumps along the road.

With a clearer understanding of what it all means you should also consider what you will actually need to do to physically prepare for 2012. If you've been listening to the doom-sayers then you might be inclined to stockpile weapons and canned food and hide out in a bunker.

But more realistically, none of that will be necessary. All you've really got to do to prepare is love yourself, love others, and love life.

Because honestly, what has life ever dealt you that you haven't been able to handle?