I love libraries. They have become my thinking sanctuaries. Whenever I want to get away from my usual routine, I head to the closest branch, find a spot, and sit and think.
I’m always quite amazed at how big a difference a change in location can make. Being away from my normal environment helps break mental ruts.
Strangely enough, in college I couldn’t study in the library. A lack of familiarity with my surroundings made it distracting. Now it is that silent kind of distraction that I have been seeking.
Pen in hand, everything is possible! My next blog post or career hope or the bright shiny thing that will fully consume me … it is only a few ink scratches away. Blank pages without a purpose are liberating in these situations.
That is not to say that major revelations are made with each visit. On my latest trip, my mind was at its wandering best. I was near the travel section, with colorful books with exotic locations brandished on the spines. Instead of starting to plan my next adventure (which I desperately need!), my brain instead recited the ad slogan, “Wanna get away?” That was great until it was immediately followed by “Not going anywhere for a while?” The craziest thing is that I even knew which companies those ads were for (Southwest Airlines and Snickers)!
All was not for naught during that last trip, however. Not only did I get this blog post out of it, I also took the time to do something I hadn’t done in more than a decade – draw. Growing up I’d always thought of myself as limited to stick figures. When I returned from England I took a drawing class, and the biggest thing I gained from it was the need to really look ,,, and practice. The practice part hasn’t worked out so well.
Although I steadfastly refuse to get rid of my art supplies, what did I use for my latest drawing practice? My lined composition notebook.
While I can see that the perspective isn’t quite right, when I showed it to DH2U, he could tell what it was. In my world that is drawing success! I also loved the feeling of concentration and really looking at an object. It’s not something that I regularly experience. The library really brings that out for me.
When was your last visit to a library? or Does anyone else get ad slogans randomly popping into their brains?