No I didn’t suddenly decide to start writing about gardening and lawn maintenance. The green grass I’m referring to is from the very popular, commonly cited saying “the grass is always greener on the other side.”
I have very mixed thoughts on this quote for a few reasons, and I often feel childish for voicing them because of the many profound articles about “living in the moment” and “appreciating where you are in life.” Here’s my dilemma: I’m so happy with where I am in life and I have no (realistic) complaints about anything. However, I’ve recently become very curious about what else is out there. There are just so many cities I want to visit and things I want to do that I almost feel guilty for having those desires.
I don’t know if this makes any sense but I’m just going to roll with it….
Growing up, pretty much every adult in my life (parents, teachers, friends, family) preached to me about exploring the world and trying new things in life. I’m a very predictable person and having the desire to do “different” things is not something I’m used to. Typically I have a yearning to do something for a day or two and then I’m over that phase. But these more recent thoughts have been lingering in my brain for a while now.
I want to explore other places to live. I want to experience California, North Carolina, NYC, and Austin, to name a few. I’m not saying the grass is greener in these places, but I honestly just don’t know what the grass even looks like. With the exception of NYC, which I’m very familiar with, I’ve only visited these places on family vacations years ago. All I know about them is from what I read online and hear word-of-mouth. I’m not imagining that my life would be perfect in one of these places, but I’m curious to see what it would be like.
I’m not sure if I’m being naive, but even if I am, isn’t that part of growing up and “discovering yourself?” Who knows if I’ll even like these places, but how will I know if I don’t see for myself. After moving 5 times in my life trust me, I know that moving doesn’t solve any problems. But I’m not looking for solutions to problems. I honestly love where I am in life, literally and figuratively. I know “the grass is greener where you water it,” so I don’t really know what I’m looking for. Maybe I’m just looking for a vacation? But I don’t think that’s it…I have an itch to explore the country.
What are your thoughts on “the grass being greener?”
Where would you like to explore?
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