Hello Tuesday! Graduation gifts have been on my mind because it’s coming up to May, and my older son is graduating this year. It’s also something I have been thinking about a lot lately as part of my midlife examination of where I am headed and what I want to do. I wish I had learnt about certain things much earlier in life, maybe as a high schooler or even in college.To identify stress, and learn techniques how to deal with it. To understand that perfectionism is overrated. How to ask for help. To know that setbacks are part of life, and that the important thing is to get back up on your feet. Wouldn’t it be great if we paid equal attention to equipping kids and adults with these skills as we do with science? Sometimes we assume that everyone knows these things but that’s not true. Yes, we may learn all this as part of our life experiences, but life can be a harsh and impatient teacher. A baseline preparation on how to deal in, and with life sounds greatly desirable. With that in mind, I was thinking of a few books that I’d like to give every graduate.
Daring Greatly:How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead and The Gifts Of Imperfection, both by Brené Brown; there are other books by Dr. Brown too, but these two will go a long way to starting kids off on ‘wholehearted’ living. I also want to suggest Grace Bonney’s In The Company Of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs. It’s an inspiring read for everyone, and shows you the power of believing in yourself and working hard towards your goals. To this already awesome and powerful gift set, add The Crossroads Of Should And Must: Find And Follow Your Passion by Elle Luna and Danielle Krysa’s Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk And Other Truths About Being Creative. Top this off with Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic and you have one fantastic gift ready for that special grad! You have already empowered your recipient beyond their wildest imagination! But, if you then add Eckhart Tolle’s The Power Of Now and for those who understand the power of creative visualization, Shakthi Gawain’s book– seriously, these books are enough for everything that life brings to you. Perfect graduation gifts! Even better, if some of these books are new to you, give yourself this gift set and I promise you will come away so enriched. In fact, maybe the title of this post should have been, books to transform your life forever. And that’s putting it mildly! Have a wonderful day, and if you have a book that you recommend is life-transforming, I would love to hear your picks! – Priya