Today I'll write happy things, and you'll know why by the end. I'll try to come up with some things I like about being a librarian.
First, it's very peaceful and low stress. Sure, it gets hectic occasionally, and sometimes I feel that if I have to attend another meeting and read the news while pretending to take notes I'll go insane, but in general it's a peaceful life with little stress. I don't have to bill every hour. If I make a bad decision, nobody dies. I won't get sued for librarian malpractice. If I let my attention wander for a while, I don't have to worry about some piece of machinery taking my hand off or anything like that.
Second, the standards are low. This sounds like it would be a bad thing, but it means that I don't have to work as hard to excel. I like to stand out, and if I was in a tougher profession, I'd have to work a lot harder, and I don't like to work hard. Now I just have to work a little bit harder than my colleagues, and they don't like to work hard either.
Third, it's not busy, busy, busy all the time. If librarians were busy all the time, there wouldn't be so many librarian blogs, now would there? Busy librarians don't have time to blog so much. You can tell those librarians without much to do by the frequency of their blog posts. Show me a librarian who posts every day to two or three blogs, and I'll show you a librarian who's mastered the art of looking busy without working very hard. I'm not making fun; these librarians are to be imitated. Master that art, and your work life will be much improved.
Fourth, it's increasingly a very flexible job. With modern communication technology, I can be just about anywhere most of the time. Right now, in fact, I'm sitting in bed with a cup of tea and taking a break from some actual work I was doing to write this. How could I be annoyed about that?
And finally, I get a lot of vacation. That's one of the things that makes me happiest, and it's making me happy because I'm about to use it. I'm taking three weeks off, returning to the ancestral manse, and relaxing with some good books, some old friends, and perhaps a martini or two. Thus, you might not see much of me until the new year, because this afternoon I might turn off the computer for three weeks. Even if I'm on, I probably wont' be reading library blogs and websites, and if I didn't do that I wouldn't have anything to be annoyed about. I might post, but I need a break from the AL as much as you probably do.
So if I'm not back until January, have a Merry Christmas or Happy Winter Solstice or whatever it is you celebrate about this time of year. Rest assured, I'll be thinking about you all constantly until my return, as well as wishing peace upon earth toward people of good will.