Please disregard the title of this blog...this is by far NOT day one! However, it is the beginning of my opportunity to share with you my experiences as I move forward with my long time goal of opening a comic book store.
Not a Comic Book Store?
I don't really like to call it a comic book store. To me, it is so much more than that. Don't get me wrong, I love comic book stores and those of you who have the same passion for collecting as I do understand exactly what I mean!! After all, I am a nerd, a geek, a fan - all of the above!! I have collected (along with comics) a vast knowledge of comic books and the many different universes and characters for a long time. I have been to many different comic book stores and each time I'm like a child on Christmas - I become filled with excitement and anticipation for what lay beyond those glass doors. So, please do not think that I have a bad impression of what a comic book store is. When my store becomes successful, if it is still called a comic book store, I would be more than proud.
You may be asking, but what is beyond those glass doors? What makes my store, my idea any different than all the other amazing book stores around the world?
A Story of Passion
I have a friend who knows nothing about comic books. As a matter of fact, he didn't see Star Wars (the original 1977 release) until he was in his 30s. He came from humble beginnings and we met while we were in the Navy at its east coast flagship hospital National Naval Medical Center (It's since been changed to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center).
My friend was not a scholar in high school. In fact, his high school performance would not have led to a high school diploma in any other state (we both were students of the California educational system). Somehow, he graduated and joined the Navy, became a Corpsman (or Medic as it is more commonly known) and that was it! Medicine excited him! He started to work on his basic science and math requirements as he worked as a Scrub Tech. He eventually decided to go to Physician Assistant school and even after that major accomplishment he knew he wanted to achieve more. At 34 years old, he made the decision to go to Medical School and become a doctor. A DOCTOR! I think by now it's obvious that I have a lot of respect for this guy, he truly is an inspiration for me and I think that in life we all need to find an inspiration!
I met up with my friend recently and in the course of catching up we got on the topic of education. There are some who complete a medical program to become a surgeon and become financially wealthy. Even though they do make insane money, my friend once again inspired me. He said that medicine is about giving back, it's about teaching others to be the best caregivers they can be. There will always be the ones that came before and taught others to become the best they could be and these surgeons taught the next generation.
If you're still with me, I want to thank you. Honestly I don't really like talking a lot, so expressing myself in verbal or written form is not the easiest for me. The responsibility of a doctor is to teach. That resonated with me and as I thought about it, I could not help but to think about my situation. I am not going to help anyone save a life or create a cure for some disease - believe me, I am not that egocentric!
What will set my Comic Book store apart will be my desire to teach others to go after their desires and passions. I will create a learning environment for those interested in the creation of art and comic books. Artist and writers in the industry will be invited to my location to not only sign books and kiss babies, but give lectures and advice and TEACH. Inspire the future artists and writers - maybe even the future surgeons - to chase after what inspires them, to be the best at what they do.