Discovering your passion
Welcome guest blogger Wendy Crutcher. The fiction buyer for a large southern California library system, Wendy has been blogging for the past five years at The Misadventures of Super Librarian.
When you’re a librarian, people assume that you love to read. This is an easy and safe assumption to make, because frankly, who has ever met a librarian who doesn’t like to read?Librarians come to the profession from a variety of different paths. Some of those reasons might be the desire for a change in career, to work with children, or because they’ve been bitten by the research bug. Me? I chose librarianship because I knew I wouldn’t be good at anything else. Because for me, walking into a library, being surrounded by books, is like coming home.
The act of reading means different things to different people, but for me, it’s always been a comfort. When I walk into a library, looking at those rows upon rows of books, I see nothing but possibilities. There in front of me lies the whole world, and it is right at my fingertips. I can go wherever I want to go, do whatever I want to do, and be whoever I want to be. I am no longer tied down to my reality. Books, all those endless possibilities, give me the freedom to explore a reality outside of my own.
When I’m having a bad day, or need to get away from it all, I head for books. I find the nearest bookstore or library, wander about aimlessly, and browse to my heart’s content. And if getting away from it all isn’t a possibility? I wander back to my own book shelves, and “play.” I read back covers, reorganize my shelves, and once again fall in love with all of the options that books have to offer.
I love books and reading, and by conjunction, I love authors. They give me a world outside of my own. They take me to a place that is better, truer, and stronger. If I listen real closely, I can hear that book whispering to me that everything will be alright. Life is tough. Life is hard. But there’s a silver lining waiting for you. You just have to work hard and be patient.
I want to share that feeling, that passion, with other people who so desperately need to hear that whisper. Books and reading are my passion. I can’t imagine my life without either.