So, country music.
Honest, bare, relaxing, and uncomplicated, are how I would describe country music.
But that definitely wasn’t how I would have described it two months ago (and seriously, 15-year-old metal-head Chloe is staring me down right now)
Learning extensively and deeply about country music taught me that we are only unfavorable about something, or against something, because we don’t know enough about it. Ignorance discredits us greatly; I feel as though if you’re going to announce that you dislike something, you’re going to need at least a detailed reason why. That’s what I realized, looking back, about a lot of things that I had previously shunned out of my life. Open-mindedness is a humbling trait. It is essentially an admission to ourselves that we aren’t all-knowing and aren’t perpetually correct about everything. We are consequently able to consistently seek out knowledge and the possibility of change for the better.
Appreciate the criticisms of anything just as much as the encouragement. Take life as one big shade of grey, or 50, it doesn’t really matter, as long as you’re in understanding that your perspective isn’t the end all be all of perspectives. Courageously embrace the vulnerability you will have in certain situations, about certain topics (I’m still learning about what the hell stocks really are), and against the wisdom of certain characters. What you choose to do with this new found vulnerability holds truth to the level of self-awareness and growth you’re currently at – are you willing to lay it out on a table and admit total naivety, or do you feel the need to save face and wrap your ego in a little blanket?
You don’t have to enjoy country music to be open-minded, you just have to know it’s not all tractors and barefoot farmers drinking beer.