Sometimes, I’m afraid to share my absolute favorite teas with other people.
There are a couple reasons why:
1) I’m afraid that the tea will fall through for some reason. I’ll talk up a special new tea for weeks, then when I finally get to brew it for friends, it’s… Disappointing.
Maybe it’s the water or the teaware I chose.
Maybe I messed up the brewing. Either way, my friends don’t love it like I do, and I feel a little crushed.
(It’s natural for us to want other people to like what we like, I guess.)
2) I’m worried that the other person won’t “get it”. Too often, the thought crosses my mind that it’d be a waste to brew this awesome tea for a stranger who might not understand what I’m trying to share with them.
This is especially true when the tea is particularly expensive, or if I have just a little left.
More often than not, I find myself hiding away the good stuff out of fear or a little selfishness.
Of course, there’s a right time and place for everything. If we’re all eating Cheddar Jalapeno Cheetos at the tea table, it’s just not going to bode well for a 1980s oolong.
But I think there’s also space for more trust.
- Trust yourself. You can brew that amazing tea just right for your friends.
- Trust in the tea. Good tea speaks for itself.
- Trust that other people will understand, or at least appreciate. Even if they may not be experts.
It’s understandable to be on guard. But more often than not, I find that it’s almost always worth it to take a chance.
Just pour the tea already. Yes, even the good stuff.