Have you ever had to do that ice breaker? The one where you're asked to come up with three statements about yourself, two true and one false? Sometimes it's three true and one false. Or three false and one true. Or two false and one true. Or any other combinations of numbers and reversals of falsehoods and truths. And then your peers/colleagues/fellows-in-training (almost always these things are done at team-building/professional development/leadership training events) have to guess which statement is the odd one out - the true statement, or the false statement, depending on how it's set up. All of this, in order to help you reveal something surprising about yourself, to your peers/colleagues/fellows-in-training.
The surprising truths I usually reveal about myself? Well, they run the gamut (I'm a woman of varied complexity and mysteries?) but I just thought of one the other night, while driving back from a visit to Orange County, with my family:
I love country music.
Which may not be so weird, I suppose, until you consider that I grew up in suburban Orange County (California) in the 80s and early 90s, listening to KIIS FM and KROQ, and spent my young adult years living and working in Los Angeles. And the fact that I'm an Asian-American, who grew up nowhere near the midwest, south, or any other place that might have popularly favored country music. That's a little odd. I remember being a freshman in college at UCLA, and introducing Reba McIntyre to my roommate (who was also Korean-American) and us joking about how fun it'd be to go to a Reba concert, only we'd be the only Asians there. It's true, I can't say I've been keeping up with country for the past ten years or so - somewhere around 2002, I got well and truly hooked on NPR, so I rarely listen to music stations these days. But when I'm on long drives with the husband, we tend to listen to music, and the other night, I asked him to find me some Mary Chapin Carpenter on Spotify.
And wow, it was like sinking into your favorite chair with a glass of your favorite wine, and just marinating in good feelings.
I don't even know if there's a country music station in San Diego, but I'm thinking there must be one, right? Anyway, I'm not really sure how well country-music fans overlap with Anthropologie fans (next thing you know, I'll be telling you I love NASCAR...which, well, I don't. Though my favorite Pixar movie of all time is Cars, so that comes pretty close I guess...) but if you are a country music fan, let me know in the comments who/what I've been missing out on these past ten years. Any particular musicians/songs/albums worth listening to?
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And what about you? Have you ever had to do this ice breaker before? What's your surprising truth?