|Animal leggings caught outside the Norfolk in Surry Hills|
me "Hi I love your animal leggings! Could I take a photo?"
her "Thanks, sure you can"
me "actually I was going to roll you for them and steal them but I thought a photo would do"
her laughs slightly disturbed
me "where did you get them from?" as I take several blurry photos
her "a little shop in Melbourne"
me "oh! Melbourne! Of course!"
her "yeah! hahah"
me "thanks for the photo! bye!"
I ran back to my friends who thought I was crazy for doing that but I just thought - why? I liked the leggings and really wanted them but thought a photo would be a good alternative. I wasn't afraid, took a leap, opened up and could have made a new friend if I wanted. I know it's not easy for everyone to do that kind of thing but I'm just saying if you're sad and bored and lonely - what are your options? You could stay in every night listening to the Dirty Three and reading vampire fiction (which can be quite satisfying) or you can get out there and get in it. I don't know what the remedy for sadness is but for me the recipe for happiness lies in the advice I gave this gorgeous girl.
What does this all have to do with libraries? Not that I really need to draw any connections but as I was writing this I saw some. My advice - be more open, give what you want to get back, try new things, take a leap, these are all things I would say to people working in libraries too. If you want your community to feel like they know you, like they are involved and a part of you ( as a library) - you need to reach out and open up. Something to ponder this Monday morning.