Temecula residents worried about cataclysmic changes occurring Dec. 21 should take a breath and relax.
Just because the "long count" calendar ended for the Maya, signifying the end of a bundle of time called a "baktun," does not mean it is the end of the world.
According to an article on nbcnews.com, "Experts estimate the system starts counting at 3114 B.C., and will have run through 13 baktuns, or 5,125 years, around Dec. 21. Experts say 13 was a significant number for the Maya, and the end of that cycle would be a milestone — but not an end."
Some people believe the Maya may have predicted "impending astronomical disasters that would coincide with 2012, ranging from explosive storms on the surface of the sun that could knock out power grids to a galactic alignment that could trigger a reversal in Earth's magnetic field."
According to the article, the Mayans predicted droughts and other events that would affect them, even predicting events thousands of years into our present-day, indicating that they expected a future to come.
"There are many ancient Maya monuments that discuss events far into the future from now," wrote Geoffrey Braswell, an anthropologist at the University of California at San Diego. "The ancient Maya clearly believed things would happen far into the future from now," the article read.