I get it. Change is scary. It takes you outside of your safe bubble of normalcy.
Perhaps the older you get, the more you worry about how change is going to affect you. We talk a lot in libraries about how our role is changing, about resistance to change and how we need to embrace all the changes we’re going to face in the future. Just because it’s how we’ve always done things, doesn’t mean we have the privilege of blindly clinging to old ways and old ideas. We also talk a lot in libraries about lifelong learning. Which is not only acquiring new skills but also gaining new insights and knowledge which can lead us to new understandings. So instead of hiding behind statements like “but this is how I’ve always thought of marriage” and “but we’ve always celebrated Australia Day on 26 January”*, now is the time to consider some other points of view and to accept that change is inevitable and it’s coming. Flexibility and critical thinking are traits that we need to cultivate as a profession, as responsible adults and as a country.
(* Australia Day has only been consistently celebrated as a public holiday on this date since 1994, the Big Day Out is older)