I really enjoyed this past episode of the podcast. I love talking about cultures other than the ones that I have been exposed to mostly because everyone knows their own culture's quirks and eccentricities. I am from Canada. My culture's weirdness, I think, has been well documented. We say eh, hoser, Canadian bacon, maple syrup, blah, blah, blah. Still, it wasn't until I left and experienced a different culture that I came home to really appreciate mine will all of its foibles and oddities.
I told about my first moments in the Dominican Republic in this most recent episode. It was a shock to the system, especially when you add the language barrier. Just like anything though, the longer I was there, the more those oddities became a part of who I am. So much so, that when I came home, everyone would always ask me why I was talking so talking so loudly all of the time.
Flash forward almost 5 years from when I came home from the Dominican, I was leaving for the United States to live in California for a stint. A week before leaving, I agreed to go with my dad to a local hockey game. He loves watching really bad hockey in a small rink in the next town over from ours but most of all, he loves the company and taking his boys to the game.. I love going. It is the quintessential Canadian experience all the way down the stench of the change rooms wafting into the lobby.
Now to paint the full picture, I must add that during the singing of O Canada before the game, they always have a young lady in figure skates, skating around the ice waving the Canadian flag. It is cheesy. It is lame. But yet, there I was at what was going to be my last hockey game with dad for a while getting misty eyed. I love my country and I love its weird culture and I never really experienced that until I knew that I would be leaving for a while.
Find the eccentricities of your own culture, whatever they may be and appreciate them.
What are some of your favorite cultural oddities? Leave a comment on this post or tweet at me @knownothingpod. If you haven't listened to our latest episode with Laksh Gill you can give it a listen here. It is a great episode. You'll be glad you gave it a listen.
Next week, we are going to be discussing Steven Pressfield's book The War of Art. If you are so inclined, I invite you to track it down and give it a read. It is a really great book with a lot of good ideas to think about. That episode of The KnowNothing Podcast will be out on February 15.