I kinda de-railed from the main point I was trying to make, oops!
Being introduced to Johnny Cash's country-music with the prenotion of his past, and what the music meant to him, I felt less inclined to judge it just based on the genre title. I actually gave it a chance and listened. Every now and again when I'm listening to a song (doesn't matter the genre, or by who) I'll distance myself from my knowledge for a moment, and think to myself "if i I were to introduce this song to someone, they would be so focused on XYZ that they wouldn't listen". And I think that this defo pertains to Johnny Cash's music. In the circles I tend to run in, the people are like I was before, aka:" I can tolerate almost everything, but I HATE country!". Now, that being said, I do still quite strongly identify with that quote when pertaining to modern country, which 99% of the time I just can't get behind, but it's not because it's "country".
I am not making this post in an attempt to convince everyone to listen to old-country music, because I know most people (esp if country music is a no-no!) definitely won't do that.
I am making this blog post because I think it's a good example of how keen we are on making first-judgements, and sticking to them. Not trying to understand them before reevaluating.
I believe that I have grown a lot as a person in the past year or two, I still have some personal stuff to work on, but I think I've become better at understanding others, and leaving my mind open.