What pervasive negative cultural narrative kept you from trying something for a very long time that you ended up liking?
I’m a big contrarian Jew, so for me, the narratives that keep me from trying things are the positive ones. For years, I resisted trying the Italian food because everybody loved it, so it had to be horrible. When I finally tried it, I immediately felt in love with it. I never went to Florida because everybody else did (I’m from Montreal, which my students described as “the place where all the Canadians go”). When I finally did go, I adored it.
As we say, Jews get everything at a huge price. But they get everything.
How would you answer this question?