Apparently they can be, since you keep running into them.
And here I was thinking that a librarian might be such a nice career path... (One of the school librarians suggested it.)
Chive, don't you DARE give up on the idea of being a librarian. It isn't ALL nutsy koo-koos, you know.
As a sample of postive reinforcement, allow me to relate today's top story from my little corner of the world--
My tall, skinny patron, Mr. D., is kind of shy and quiet. I got the impression that there was some trouble in his past--he speaks about prison now and then, but doesn't elaborate. He is also a lover of horror flicks, ghost stories and mystery novels on tape. When he got his library card a couple years ago, he asked the staff member who gave it to him what she could tell him about our horror movies. She pointed at me. I have been his advisor ever since and we often dish on how much we miss the old black and white William Castle cheese fests.
He's seen just about every scary movie we have and I'm going to other branches to find him more. Today he said "I always enjoy coming to talk to you! You know all the good movies, you remember all the good television shows and you know exactly what I like to see and not see. AND" (and this was my favorite part, actually) "You're always so cheerful, friendly and polite even when the kids are treating you bad. I really like you!"
I almost burst into tears, I was so touched. (I admit that other days I am afraid he is an elderly Norman Bates, but mostly, I appreciate his compliment.)
See, this can be you: fearless, friendly, cheerful, taking on the world and enlightening it with your quick wit, your smile and your kindness. Some days, all the other crap just fades away and you remember the good stuff.
Keep thinking about it, Chive. We need intelligent youth in this business 'cause there aren't as many like you as I like to think.