A week ago I sat down to write. I did not actually write anything but I have been doing some reflection on the investigation we had taken part in on the 5th and 6th of May. We (Sabrina, her mom and myself) participated in a public investigation and we paid $75 per person. This included the tour, investigating in a group (at first), a snack (which was nice since I was really hungry come midnight), time to investigate the place after snack time, and having a chance to ask questions to the host team. The team who had put this on was Paranormal Task Force. Really nice people and money raised was helping to preserve the Pythian Castle in Springfield, MO- which is where we investigated.
I did not mind spending the money because I know it went to a good cause. Preservation of historical places is important to our history and all history tells a story, even if it is haunted or not.
We had witnessed a ball rolling a few inches on its own. This happened twice and two hours apart. That was fun. I'm still trying to enlist help listening to the audio but that will get done.
I learned it takes a whole team to get things set up, talking about what we should be doing, have a plan going in, not be afraid to ask questions, fail, ask more questions and have fun. Will we always catch anything during an investigation? If the answer to that was yes then someone is doing something wrong. Not every place is haunted and even the ones that are may not have activity all of the time.
I also learned that I really want to up grade my equipment and get a few more items. The struggle is real! Everything is cash or credit. And I do not have a disposable income. What we do is not free. Everything has a price and that price can include time with family, being gone from work, lodging when traveling, food, equipment replacement due to failure or neglect.. the price of doing this goes on and on. What are the rewards? Doing something I love. Hanging out with really cool people and meeting people who have had experiences they cannot explain. Listening to someone tell their story is worth it when others have not believed what was said. My job is not to judge. It is to listen and help. It is to give support. Am I crazy to want to continue doing a job that costs me money, has no real return on my investment, keeps me up late, and questions my sanity? No. I'm not crazy. I am doing what I love. I am a paranormal investigator.