A couple of years ago I received a compliment from an individual…at least, I think it was a compliment. When this gentleman asked me what I did for a living, I told him I was a librarian. He looked shocked, stating “you look too sporty to be a librarian”. At first I thought…hmmmm, “too sporty, how?” Too sporty as in, “you look like a scary rugby player?” “You look like someone I wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley?”
But, you know what? I think he was right, in a way. I don’t wear my hair in a bun, I’m known for my shoe collection (and believe me, they are NOT sensible!) and I LOVE fashion. But I also like sports – running, Pilates, kayaking, baseball, etc. and many other things.
I think his comment was a realization for him, as an older gentleman, that the “idea” of a librarian is different than the reality of a librarian. In this case, it was the physical “idea”, but we can all understand the myths, stereotypes and ideas associated with our skills and responsibilities. We’re reminded of this on a daily basis!
Today, I wanted to share the “you look too sporty to be a librarian” side of my life. So, in my other life, not as the Cataloguing Librarian, but plain ol’ Laurel Tarulli, I thought I’d post two photos from this past weekend. I participated in the Bluenose Marathon in my hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia. While I wasn’t brave enough to do the half or full-marathon, and I could have likely run the 10K with no problem, I started with the 5K this year.
The pictures below are of me just after I crossed the finish line and with two of my friends, who also ran the 5K. My time? 26:45:4. I came in 11th for my age group (out of 332) and 53rd overall for women running the 5K (979 in all). My next challenge: a 10K in August and hopefully, in a year or so, a half-marathon.
So, yeah, I am “sporty”. I’m a librarian and I’m a whole lot of other things too!