Thursday, March 06, 2008

I Give In Change My Mind

Billy Joel said it best

Oh--she takes care of herself
She can wait if she wants
She's ahead of her time
Oh--and she never gives out
And she never gives in
She just changes her mind

I'm changing my mind. I've been wrestling with myself, the Internet and a whole host of decisions. I've thought I need to leave libraries. I've thought that what I need is a regular, run of the mill 8-5 that gets the bills paid and leaves me time for family, friends and Wii.

Essentially, this thought occurred to me, "Why am I doing this to myself?" Meaning, of course, why am I putting myself through a "from scratch" job search, when I have already chosen a perfectly reasonable career. I certainly still want a change of scenery, but if my desire for a new job rests a great deal on my desire to not work on weekends, then this requires some serious examination.

Teachers may not be in school on weekends, but they are working.
Jouralism? Uhm, hi, it's basically a 24/7 kidn of job.

And seeing as how those were my top two other choices, it seems wisest to stick with being a librarian (and a halfway decent one at that).

It's not a perfect job, but I enjoy creating a display board that asks library customers to write on the board the names of women who inspire them (and when I see that our security guard wrote down his two year old daughter's name, I enjoy my job even more). I like advising people on what to read. I absolutely love going into the teen parent program and doing a lapsit storytime for the kids and an age-appropriate program for the moms. I get to read books before anyone else does! And review those books! If you google my whole name, my reviews come up on Amazon! How awesome!

And, to be fair, I use my weird schedule to my advantage. I see friends out of town. I make appointments. I workout. I take photographs.

So, I've changed my mind about searching for a brand spanking new career. I'll remain the modern cliché of a librarian, the librarian who has cute glasses, short skirts and writes novels on the side :Þ.

Besides, in what other profession could I hear this:

"So, are you by the book at work but naughty when you go home?"

1 comment:

brandy said...

Good for you! I think one of the hardest choices to face is the big 'what do i want to be??'. It sounds like you've put a lot of thought into it (and yes, for the record, I work twice as much as a teacher than at any other job. I honestly think if all my weekends and late nights at the school were factored in, I would work all year- and not enjoy the months of July and August off), and have picked something that you enjoy. And the bulletin board idea? Is genius!