SEARCH: 5 Books to Prepare for Big Moments

5 Books to Prepare for Big Moments

by Michele Roger

No matter what I scored on my ACT, or how many Ted Talks I listened to, or how many glasses of iced tea I drank with my grandmother in the garden while snapping raw green beans, nothing truly prepared me for the big moments in life.  I mean really, why didn’t someone tell me about all the curve balls life throws?  From standing up to the school bully to standing up to my boss, sleeping while the baby sleeps, to sleeping in my bed alone after a breakup? (The key is to sleep in the middle of the bed surrounded by pillows for that last one, by the way.) Here are five of the best books I know to help prepare anyone for this unreasonable and beautiful thing called life.

Prepare For Puberty by reading
A L o n g Walk To Water by Linda Sue Park.
ALongWalkToWaterBased on the true-life story of two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, any teenager (or adult for that matter) will learn to appreciate the small but good things in life. The inspiration I derived from their choices and means of survival made me want to buy copies and put them in every free, little library box in my hometown.  I’m grateful that this book made it into my hands and feel it’s the perfect read to quell a bit of the growing angst inside every teen. 

Continue reading about the other books to help prepare for big moments in SEARCH Magazine’s Winter 2019 issue.

SEARCH: 2019 Winter Editor’s Letter

Luck and Disasters
by Heather Roulo

Seneca wrote that luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Really, who doesn’t want to be lucky?

When I say preparation, the average person’s mind goes to dark places of disasters and go-bags. Sure, we must consider that, but preparation can also be about working out or traveling internationally.

We spend much of our lives preparing for what comes next, especially in school where it is often about the next paper, test, or graduation. Raised like that, who can blame us if we sometimes forget to look up. As kids, it is instilled in us that preparation matters. It certainly helps, but the other side of the coin is indefinable anxiety. I sometimes wish every potential disaster came with a go-bag I could stuff to give myself confidence.

Then again, there are people who are constantly caught unprepared and lament their bad luck.

The trick is to strike a happy balance. Prepare for the things that matter, or you only get one shot at, and then stop. Instead of imagining the what-ifs, enjoy the preparations you’ve already made and pat yourself on the back.

Some of the most beautiful moments in life come from the unexpected. Remember to challenge yourself and travel into the unknown. While a little preparation goes a long way, perhaps more important than any single article on preparation is the ability to anticipate and take one or two steps to make tomorrow more comfortable than today. So, enjoy some DIY projects, put a bowl of Pantry Chili on to simmer, turn up your favorite tune, and realize that if today wasn’t a disaster, you’re doing just fine.

Aren’t you the lucky one!

Watch for our upcoming Winter 2019 SEARCH Magazine issue on how to be prepared for anything.