I hear people talk about being a Paranormal Investigator all of the time. Now I would like to talk about those who are already in groups throughout the country. Many do some long hours for their passion. They understand what it means to be there for others.
With that being said, how many of you out there are willing to give up most of your weekends? Then you will also have to give up a few nights of your coming week to review evidence. Very easy to say “I’m in”…”I would love to do that!” But when it comes to frequently giving up a good part of your personal time, it is not so easy. Trust me, I know!
When you make a commitment in this field to help others, you do so without prejudice and without selfishness also. Trust me when I tell you many times I am exhausted after working all week. Sometimes I am doing work around the house all day as I only get weekends to do it. About 2 hours before we are ready to leave, I would love nothing more than to say the heck with it, make up some excuse or just not show up. This happens a lot and in many groups I speak to. I can tell you Jenn & I took an oath to each other that we are either in or we are out. We either do this, and do it all the way or we step away from the field. It means sometimes every weekend or at least every other weekend sacrificing from things we would “like” to do. Time away from family. Time away from the recliner. Maybe going to the mall, or antique place. Maybe doing some of the hobbies we like to do together. But we are ALWAYS aware of why we are in this field. HELPING OTHERS!
HELPING OTHERS means no excuses. Unless you are sick and will risk the homeowners and other members health or there is an emergency in your family (real emergency) you grunt and go. You put your word out that you would help. You committed yourself to being there for others. You may not think so, but your presence is helping others deal with their problems. You do not pick and choose which investigations you wish to go to. You are available for all no matter how much of a drive it is!
Hey, it happens in every group (as I mentioned). Most paranormal groups have the same problem. But this is a warning to those thinking about becoming a member of a group…make the commitment…be all in or get out. Not joining because every once in a while is fun. If that is the case, go to a group that only goes now and then and investigates public buildings. Leave the serious investigations for the serious investigators. If not, you will find yourself removed from that group anyway so do not waste everyone’s time and money. If you are really not that into it, remove yourself from a group. It is OK….most groups only want members who are committed anyway.
So think hard before thinking I want to do this….I want to join a group….it is a real hard job being a true Paranormal Investigator!