There is an old adage that claims it is better to be safe than sorry. Most people living on planet Earth would agree. The art of preparation is a skill every old person wants the youth of America to possess. Business leaders want their employees to be better prepared. Simple everyday people want to be ready for all kinds of disasters that life may have in store for them. Someone who was trying to be wise once said, “Dig the well before you are thirsty”. This person was obvi­ously relatively smart. Preparation is an essential tool for making life a more positive experience.

First, success could come more easily if enough work was done beforehand. For example, many students dislike final examinations for one reason: the “cramming” study method. This method is ineffective, and makes students cranky and tired. Relationships at all levels become strained, and everyone is unhappy with everyone else. This situation can easily be avoided with one simple solution. It is preparation. If they had reviewed their notes and read their books periodi­cally, then they would most likely retain all the necessary in­formation to pass any final.

Second, preparation can make lives of thousands more pleasant. Picture a red-brick building that is large enough for approximately 1,400 young adults. Now, picture about 400 extra people. Are there any problems that could rise from this high population density? Perhaps, there would be difficulties shifting from room to room. There could be issues with park­ing, and with that amount of people lunch time could be spent mostly in a line rather than eating. This is everyday life for a student at Papillion LaVista High School; however, this would not be occurring if the citizens of the district had the fore­sight for the need of a new high school. If they had passed the first bond issue that was proposed, then the lives of students, parents, and administrators would be more pleasant. It is most unfortunate for all parties involved that they have to suffer for the consequences of a reactive society.

Lastly, people would have an overall feeling of security if they were better prepared. The following story will exem­plify how that happens. Once upon a time, there was a young girl who was sixteen years old. It had been a few weeks since she had received her driver’s license, and she was eager to employ the privileges that came with the license. One day, she became lost while driving. She accidentally turned onto the highway in a state of panic. She was terrified because she was lost and had only been on the highway once. Our heroine then pulled over to the side of the road a few miles later be­cause she had run out of gas. She was lucky that a nice, creepy-looking fellow came by and offered her a ride. Unfortunately, it was a ride out of the state. If this girl had been better pre­pared, she would not have been in that position. If she had learned the proper driving techniques or had filled her gas tank, then she would not be a hazard to herself and the other drivers. If she carried a cell phone with her, then she would have been safer while on the side of the road.

In conclusion, being prepared can improve the quality of every life on this planet. People could be more successful if they put in a little effort before disaster struck. Relation­ships would flourish. People would not be so moody or tired. The society as a whole could be calmer. Everyone would have a more pleasant life because they could avoid various prob­lems that could have occurred otherwise. Preparation radi­ates a general feeling of security whether it is in driving or any other aspect in life.