My Emotional Soundtrack: What Keeps Me Sane
So the other day I talked about things that I just couldn’t go back to, even if I wanted to (if you missed it, go here). Today, I thought that I’d share things that give me comfort. It’s a rocky place out there, and while I consider myself a stable person, there are things that can rock you to your core- things that happen with your teens/tween, within your professional life, within your personal life, or within the world in general. We, as teen advocates, should be embodying and modeling ways that are at least generally healthy ways to cope with whatever life throws at us, because you never know who’s watching. We can (and do) break down in private, but we can’t exactly go screaming through the stacks to let off steam, as much as we would like to. Someone, unfortunately, is bound to notice, whether it’s our teens, our patrons, or our boss.
So, I thought I’d share what keeps me as sane as I can be [which I’ve been told is up for doubt some days 🙂 ], and please share yours in the comments below. I think we’d all like to learn different ways to keep on keepin’ on.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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