Is the Grass Always Greener On The Other Side?

We have all heard the idiom, ‘the grass is always green on the other side’. I think many of us have experienced pangs of envy when we believe other people are achieving more than us or getting further in life.

But as I am the type of person who enjoys observing and listening to others, I learnt long ago that no one’s life is perfect, and know that there is no such thing as a perfect life. Life will throw obstacles in your way and you have to get around them. But I think that many believe that life should be one easy road and give up at the first hurdle.

There have been increasing occasions where I’ll be at a friend or relatives house. They’ll be a feeling a little low, and will tell me about their worries, whether its financial, career etc. then they will refer to another friend or relative and dreamily mention how they admire some aspect of their lives saying how they’ve got it, ‘all sorted out’.

But little do they know that those people they wistfully mention also possess many problems (because they tell me), and they do the same thing, either by mentioning about others that they think have a perfect life – or they refer back to the original person, admiring a part of their life.

It’s like a big circle!  (I don’t say anything as I’m not going to betray trust), but in these increasingly occurring situations I don’t know whether to find the situation funny or sad.

I imagine lining up the whole group of interconnected family and friends and telling them one by one the amazing things that everyone else admires about them.

I think this is something that we frequently overlook. We see people achieving things that we hope for, but we often ignore amazing accomplishments that we have made ourselves, and don’t believe for one second that someone else would want to be in our shoes.

So, is the grass always greener on the other side? No, it isn’t, it’s purely down to the way you view the world. You can’t look at another person and assume that they are happier as you’re only looking at the part of their life that you want to look at. Their best part, which is nice I guess.

But, if you constantly consider people around you to be more successful and happier, then naturally it will tear away at you. I have known people who have been so focused on what others are achieving that they don’t pay enough attention to their own happiness, and that’s the crux of the matter. It doesn’t matter what you’re achieving or what you possess, it’s whether you are happy.

Don’t think for one moment that you must have your life sorted out. I believe the best thing you can do in life is to be happy, let go of the petty everyday problems, appreciate everything in everyday and love everyone in your life.

Thanks for reading!

Becky 🙂


When Family Plan To Move Away

Yesterday I went to Somerset to visit family. 

Their story is like something from a story book. My family are kind of globe-trotters, they have lived in various places abroad for many years and have been back in the U.K. for nearly a year. 

They are currently living in a house which everyone falls in love with. It’s set deep in the country, full of character – being over 300yrs old,  has lots of rooms, lots of ground, and has fruit trees in the garden and everything. 

The House

So when I went down to visit yesterday, the sun was blazing, the company was amazing, and it just seemed like the most idyllic place in the world. 

We went for a walk, the dog was happy and excited all day, wanting everyone to throw a frisbee for him, and we had a barbecue in the evening. 

Happy Dog In The Garden

I got sunburnt, which was no surprise. But my suncream didn’t fail me, I just forgot to apply some to my neckline. So naturally, I’m feeling a little sore and wounded today, but I am just glad that I didn’t get heat stroke. 

My family have plans to live abroad again and want to leave within a few months, so this trip felt a little bittersweet. 

There have been many years that I haven’t seen them, and when they lived abroad it felt surreal to finally visit them.

So yesterday I was sat there appreciating the moment and the company before they go, before I don’t see them for years again, and before I never visit that lovely place again. But, I realised how lucky I was to have them back closer to us for the past few months, and yesterday meant a lot to me.

Although I love them very much and I will miss them, I know that they have to do what makes them happy, and I know that I can see them in their new home and visit a new place in the world. 

Thanks for reading! 

Becky 🙂