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Wednesday , December 19 , 2012
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Conceptual jewellery designer Eina Ahluwalia helps you pick your jewels

Unless you’ve been living under a very large rock you will know that the world is coming to an end. So are you packed and ready for December 21?

There may be a modern-day version of Noah’s Ark, called maybe Yuri’s Spaceship, which will whisk some of us off to safety and bring us back once the havoc on planet Earth has calmed down.

It will be crowded on Yuri’s. We may have to share rooms. Luggage allowance will probably be very low, and if you exceed it you’ll just be bumped off, and you don’t want to be thrown back onto a planet that’s coming to an end with tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes and erupting volcanoes.

So pack small bags, VERY small. Have you planned the jewellery you think you’ll carry? I’d recommend favourites. Sentimental pieces like the bracelet your mum gave you on your 16th birthday; the earrings your husband bought you on your first holiday together; the ring you bought yourself out of your first salary. And pieces you’ve collected over the years to mark your life story. The necklace that reminds you of the power you own, the earrings that remind you of the golden light within. You’ll need these reminders on that journey.

On this trip I doubt you’ll pick the random beads you’ve bought over the years, the blingy chandeliers or the cocktail rings. I doubt there will be cocktails on the spaceship, and you don’t really know when you’ll land again.

This is sort of like a metaphor for a reduced life, a life with only things that matter. Over the last couple of decades with globalisation and economic growth, we have landed up with so much more than what we really need. Shopping is hard to resist when there’s so much to shop for. To the point where the things we own have begun to own us, bursting out of our closets and eating into our lives. Maybe that’s why the world decided to end. To get rid of the dead weight, and only keep that which matters.

So assuming you’re going to be picked to be on the spaceship, you need to start leaving behind the things you don’t need. And if you are not one of the fortunate ones, you have only a few weeks to go. And where you’re headed there’s NO luggage allowances, only the things you did, what you learnt, and how you made others feel. So live a wonderful last few days, be kind, give a lot, keep it simple.

And on the off-chance that the world doesn’t end, no harm in learning something from both the possibilities above, and simplifying our lives to only contain things, people and experiences that add meaning to our lives.