I love books and I love learning and oftentimes for me, those two go hand in hand. I sometimes wonder how it could’ve taken me so long to realize that Librarian was the obvious for me.
A bit of back story: When I was 7, I wanted to be a Policeman (man, not woman), then an Artist, a Writer (kind of achieved that in a sense), and a Nurse -for a hot second. I didn’t put much thought in career choices after that; I liked everything. In grade 5, when I was 11, I was told I’d make a good Psychologist because I was a good listener. I thought that building things would be fun so I decided that I was going to be an Architect and hope to get in on the actual building. That lasted till 8th grade when I had to decide what stream I wanted to go into: Commerce or Science. I found out that you need Physics for Architecture and I wasn’t about that life so I changed my career choice to Chartered Accountant. I kind of suck at Math and Accounting wasn’t as fun as it was in the beginning for me so I was now in 11th grade without a clue on what I was going to be.
I became an active reader a few months after I graduated high school (2013) and my love for books was ignited and now, 4 years later, it’s shining brighter than ever. It wasn’t until last summer when I was freaking out about my non-existent future when I came across an article about librarians online. I can’t remember what it was exactly but I did some researched and tried to gather as much about Information Science as I possibly could.
In an instant I discovered what I wanted to be. A librarian. And I’m extremely ecstatic about this plan.
This takes me to my favourite quote in one of my favourite TV Shows, Doctor Who:
In 3rd grade I was at this school that had this motto: Knowledge is Power. I never knew what it meant at the time but I thought they were trying to tell me that school was important so I took it at face value and carried on with my day.
Of course now I know that knowledge is in fact power and what you do with that power is entirely up to you. Knowledge can be dangerous because I think it’s one of those things that you can’t fight. It just is.
I should’ve seen this coming to be honest but I’m glad that it took me a while to figure out. I was taken by complete surprise and it was an epiphany and a half. Books means so much to me and they’ve helped and carried me through the worst of times and I am so thankful that these things exist. That authors decided to pick up a pen and share their worlds with us. People think that books are dying out but I think not. I want to teach the younger generations the importance of books. Pass on the knowledge that they hold. Maybe they’ll fall in love with them the way I did.
I read this book a little while ago and I really suggest you check it out. This is What a Librarian Looks Like by Kyle Cassidy.
When people ask me what I plan on studying, I get so happy because I’ve never sounded surer about anything than when I answer: Library and Information Science. I’m ready for this journey and I may love learning but I’m not a fan of studying. I’m willing to put that dislike aside because this is a goal that needs to be achieved. I got this!
Just the thought that I started reading as a means to help me with my anxiety and now I’m doing so much better and books are still active and present in my life. Words can’t even express how I feel right now.
I’ve made my choice. I’m happy about it. I’m looking forward to it. Let’s go!
The picture below is the Cape Town Central Library. It’s located in town, opposite the parade, next to City Hall. It’s an amazing library but here’s the catch…I’ve never been inside.
I’ve passed by it probably a hundred times but I never knew of its existence. I used to go to the parade a lot as a kid (they sell almost everything there. It’s like a sort of fair that’s pop up shops and basically the community coming together), but I didn’t know of this amazing library that was right across the street.
See, whenever I went to town I always marvelled at the castle- never been there either- but never noticed the library. I swear, it was under the Fidelius charm this entire time!
The moment I have a spare moment, I want to go there and just take a deep breath and bask in the beauty that is this library filled with all that knowledge.
P.S. I’m hoping to make the Central Library my ‘grand’ return to the library. 10 years is way too long.
I found this online and I had to laugh. It’s the rules and stuff of the library.
I swear I got a bit emotional while writing out this post. It’s been almost a year since my epiphany and the excitement is still as real as the day I figured it out. I’m so so so excited. I have no idea what awaits me but I’m ready. Or as ready I can be anyway.
Sources: Doctor Who gif: rebloggy.com
GoT gif: Giphy.com
Pictures taken from Google Images