Someone should start a blog about practical ways to be overprepared . . .
Some people in this world are overprepared. These are the women who carry sewing kits, shoe polish, and peanut butter in their purses (just in case someone needs stitches, a shoe shining job, or the remedy to bubble-gum-in-the-hair at a minute’s notice). Now, I don’t know the equivalent for men. Maybe they keep four spare tires in the trunk? Or three pocket knives in their left sock alone?
But is there a moderate version of being overprepared?
I can think of at least one very familiar setting where being overprepared pays off. Exhibit A: a college cafeteria.
There are many things they’ll never tell you about college in the tour or on the website or in the nifty tri-fold brochure. One of those things is that the school cafeteria may be a dangerous firing ground daily (as is the case where I attend college). People will do everything within their power to project various objects (rolled up napkins) and uneaten food items (which may or may not be suitable for consumption) into your beverage container (aka cup).
So my example of how to be practically overprepared? Always keep a rubber band or hair thing on your person at all times.
Now, when someone uses the words “always” and “at all times” in the same sentence, it may seem needlessly redundant. Or, as in poetry, it may signify that the author is striving to bring attention and put emphasis on this instance of repetition. Such is the case here. To be overprepared, there are certain things that must always be done.
The effects of being overprepared are obviously beneficial.