A few years ago I was inspired to name a blog “The Teapot Journalist.” Since then, it’s taken different twists and turns as I continue to seek out what exactly the name means to me…the teapot journalist.
On the surface level, I enjoy writing and sipping tea—who doesn’t? I am passionate about writing and sharing information and ideas, but my passions don’t stop there. I find myself wanting to write about a great many things that don’t necessarily correlate with each other. What connects them is the multi-faceted realm of life.
I desire to be transparent and vulnerable in appropriate areas. In a way, I want to work through questions that I, and others, are facing. Nothing is straight forward, but for people (like me) with a tendency for the black-and-white thinking approach, going into the colorful waters of “in between” can feel very overwhelming—like a brain overload. I’m learning where I fit and that I am an evolving person with changing ideas.
These evolutions we (I) face are not free from conflict. It’s a battle between many forces, including the perspectives I was taught to believe while growing up, the ideas I encountered during those wonderful college years, and the uncomfortable unearthing of new information…forever altering how I view our world. (Forever altering, if I allow new information in, that is.). The problem is when I am too afraid, or not yet fully prepared, to move forward with such a shift.
That fear is what I don’t like. I don’t enjoy being afraid; I like being certain. However, there isn’t much of which we can be certain. When people question what is generally accepted, they’re labeled as conspiracy theorists. *Side note: there are a lot of conspiracies floating around…how does one choose which one(s) to investigate?* What if, instead of being labeled as conspiracy theorists, we called them “truth seekers”? Looking for the truth, not the smoke and mirrors that become more prevalent as people become more professional and powerful, is an admirable trait that I wish more people would develop.
I wish I could pursue it more fully without all the internal conflict, but I suppose it’s like a rite of passage into deeper realms of thought and understanding.