You know those moments when you’re super quick to judge something, then take a sec and think, “Wait, maybe there’s more to it?” Yep, I’ve been there probably more times than I’d like to admit!
Have you ever felt that way?
If you’re nodding your head or even chuckling to yourself, you’re definitely not alone. Being open-minded doesn’t mean you’re just passively agreeing with everyone but that you’re giving new ideas and experiences a fair shot. It’s just like trying pineapple on pizza for the first time, even if it sounds weird, right? (Okay, maybe not that exactly, but you get the gist!)
Anyway, here are 7 experiences that might hint you’re pretty open-minded. Wanna see if you can relate? Let’s go through them together:
1. You’ve changed your mind after a debate or conversation
Ever been in a fiery debate?
You know, one of those moments where you’re so entrenched in your stance, and then, out of nowhere, you find yourself questioning the things that are coming out of your own mouth.
Think back: was it politics, parenting, or even the viral black-or-blue dress fiasco? You were ready to stand your ground, but then you paused and thought, “Hold on a minute; they might be onto something.”
Now, don’t get it twisted: shifting your viewpoint doesn’t mean you’re indecisive. In reality? It’s proof of your capacity to think openly, to adapt, and to evolve with new insights!
2. You have enjoyed immersing in another culture
Have you ever set foot in a completely unfamiliar place and, instead of feeling out of place, felt exhilarated? There’s something magical about diving into a culture that’s entirely different from yours, right?
I remember the first time I moved in for college—my university was on a different island, so I had to do some traveling. The people there mostly spoke a different language; some cooked familiar meals a little differently, and it was overall a new environment for me.
But I didn’t let all the new things intimidate me and get into my head. Instead:
I embraced them wholeheartedly, seeking to understand the history behind their stories and learning their language. I realized that by immersing myself in this new culture, I was not only broadening my horizons but also enriching my own life.
This kind of adaptability and enthusiasm is a telltale sign of an open-minded individual!
3. Diverse books, movies, or music? You’re all about them!
They say curiosity killed the cat, but in your case, it’s what makes you feel alive.
When I was younger—until now, actually—I was always on the hunt for new media to consume because reading and watching people’s varying stories exhilarated me. Little did I know, that trait was training my mind to never shy from the unfamiliar, and at the present time, I still enjoy broadening my understanding of the world.
Exploring various forms of media, especially those that come from diverse perspectives, is a clear marker of open-mindedness. Whether it’s reading books from different cultures, watching films that shed light on unique experiences, or jamming to music that transcends genres and languages, you don’t back down.
4. You have enjoyed jumping from one hobby to another
Do you also find yourself wanting to learn different hobbies just for the sake of knowing how to?
If there is one thing I take pride in, it’s my arsenal of hobbies that I have developed throughout the years—because I took the time and patience to learn something different.
From painting to cooking, from playing a musical instrument to mastering a sport, I have dabbled in a wide range of activities throughout the years. My curiosity and willingness to learn have led me to explore diverse interests without being afraid to step outside my comfort zone.
This eagerness to embrace new hobbies not only keeps my mind engaged but is also a great testament to my open-mindedness—nothing is stopping me from trying out new things!
5. Admitting you’re wrong is second nature
Let’s face it: we know a lot of people who find it hard to swallow their pride and admit that they were off the mark.
But if you are not one of those people, then you must wear that humility like a badge of honor!
My younger self did not have a healthy relationship with the fact that making mistakes just makes me human. But, after years of self-development and lots of reflection, I have come to realize that admitting my wrongs isn’t a sign of weakness but rather an emblem of open-mindedness.
The moment I accepted that I didn’t have all the answers, I became more open to new ideas and experiences. It’s incredible how much you can learn when you’re not afraid of being wrong!
6. Your love having friends that come from distinct backgrounds
One thing that I love about studying at a national university is that I get to meet a lot of people who come from many different places and cultures across the country.
That also meant one thing: I got to have friends who came from different places and cultures across the country!
I love the fact that I get to interact with all these people in my life—what with their different stories, food, language, and every little distinct quirk they have from their native hometowns. Each friend has introduced me to unique perspectives and sets of experiences, and backgrounds that I might never have the chance to explore otherwise.
If you also value diversity in your friend groups, then you’re definitely an open-minded one!
7. Multiple news sources? You’ve got them bookmarked!
In this age where information is omnipresent, you understand the dangers of echo chambers. Many people only digest what they want to digest to reaffirm their existing beliefs, but luckily enough, you have set yourself free from those chains. Which is why, now:
- You actively switch between sources.
- You challenge your biases.
- You ensure that you’re seeing things in a panoramic view, not just a narrow slice.
As an open-minded person, you value seeking out diverse viewpoints to form a well-rounded understanding of the issues that surround you. Having a range of news and knowledge sources bookmarked (or just memorized at the top of your head!) is a sign that you are committed to understanding the complexities of the world.
The bottom line
If you found yourself nodding along, recognizing your own experiences in this list, give yourself a pat on the back.
Open-mindedness isn’t just a trait; it’s a journey, a commitment to continuous growth, understanding, and empathy. And even if you’ve ticked off just one or two from this list, remember, it’s never too late to expand your horizons.
After all, as the saying goes, “The mind is like a parachute; it works best when it’s open.” So don’t let your exploring stop here!