Day At The Library

by derek on September 5, 2007 · 6 comments

Today I spent a leisurely afternoon at the local library.
You’re probably thinking: Big deal, why do I care that you spent the day at the library?
While I cannot blame you for thinking that, I’ll try to wrap this all up to something a little more meaningful than browsing rows and rows of dusty, old books.
I Like to Browse
When I visit the library, I’ll usually have a particular book that I am trying to find or at the very least I will be looking for something on a specific topic. However, I like to lose myself in the rows of books and simply explore the hidden treasures that I did not find in the online catalog.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, my wife and kids like to get in and out of the library. They’ll look for 5-10 minutes and find a few books that catch their attention and they are ready to hit the road.
When we visit the library together, you can put the George Foreman Guarantee on the fact that my wife and kids will come searching for me once they’ve located their books. I’ve learned to try and get the book I am after right away before starting to browse, otherwise I know I will be in a hurry once the search party has located me.
It’s All About Me
With my kids back into school and my wife spending time preparing for her job to swing into gear, I now have Wednesdays all to myself. I’ve got a flexible schedule at work where I work four days per week and take Wednesdays off, which was great last year when our youngest was not in school all day.
Now that the kids are in school all day and my wife is at work, I’ll have time just for me.
Last week I jumped right into my new found free time by seeing the movie SuperBad. The other three people in the theater didn’t seem to think it was very funny but I was cracking up throughout the entire movie.
Today I spent my free time by taking a trip to the library so I could take as much time as I wanted to browse the rows of books. I’m still reading The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss so I’m not sure when I’ll get to my new pile of books but I enjoyed my time at the library.
Take Time For Yourself
As I promised at the beginning, I’ll try to bring this all to a conclusion that will hopefully provide you with a little meaning. As my exploits at the library demonstrate, you need to take some time out of your schedule to spend on yourself.
It is okay to waste an hour or two going to a movie that you want to see but none of your family or friends want to see. It is okay to go sit on a park bench and watch the people go by. Whatever it is that you enjoy doing, be sure to give yourself some uninterrupted time to enjoy it.
Once in awhile you need to remove all of the other demands on your time and put yourself first. Turn off the TV, computer or iPhone and spend an hour or two sipping a coffee at the bookstore or browsing at the library if that is your thing.
Just be sure to set a limit to how much time you spend, otherwise you’ll have your wife wondering why the house is still a mess and the laundry is still on the bed even though you were “home” all day! 🙂

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Tyler Ingram September 7, 2007 at 9:54 am

Library what is that? Lol
I have not been to a library in a REALLY long time to check out books. I tend to buy all my books.
As for taking time for myself. I tend to every day after work be it playing WoW or going for a rollerblade. Something that it is just me, alone and relaxing. On sunny days I’ll go for a walk/hike though with winter coming the days will be getting shorter and I wont be able to do the walk/hikes.


derek September 7, 2007 at 1:31 pm

Lol, I know what you mean about the library. We try to visit regularly to keep the kids actively reading and exploring new topics.
Buying books just got to be too expensive for me so now I try to grab them from the library and if I really love the book, I’ll buy a copy.
That is great that you get that time for yourself each day after work. Don’t let that go!


Damien Riley September 9, 2007 at 2:00 am

It’s good also for those huge books like “Writer’s Market” that cost 50-100 bucks. You can’t take them home usually from reference but they have a copy machine and you usually only need a few pages anyway.
That’s me, always looking for the bargain!
Good job Derek takin’ the fam to the library and fostering literacy that way!


derek September 9, 2007 at 9:30 pm

Thanks Damien! As a family, we all really enjoy reading although our youngest is just starting to really learn to read himself. Our oldest absolutely loves to read and my wife and I cherish our bedtime routine of reading stories to the kids.


Agatha November 1, 2007 at 6:25 am

Once you start on 4hww, it’s very difficult to break away from it. is highly addictive.


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