Is Life Always Greener On The Other Side?

When I was younger I noticed that the animals would poke their heads through the fence to get the ‘good’ grass, but was it really that different from the grass inside the fence?

I know this is a random topic, but I am at a stage in life where my friends and I are always, subconsciously or not, comparing what we have in front of us and wondering what it would be like to poke our heads outside the ‘fence’ so to speak.

I know of someone who wasn’t happy with their job, so they did what they thought was best and quit. They then started working at another place doing the same role and at the start they were happier, but after a few months the so called ‘green grass’ was dry and brown and they were back to where they started.

​So my question is – is it really greener on the other side or is what we have the best option? 

So on reflection, it would all depend on the situation as to whether the change was negative or positive and in my case the change was positive.

So, since making the decision to move to Townsville 9 years ago, I have found that in comparison to where I was initially from – Mackay – the grass is greener up here for sure. I have made some fantastic friends, worked at a great school, built a house, married and had a family, but there is still a niggling question in the back of my mind as to what I need to change to make my life somehow better.

I have done a lot of the milestones in life, so what else is there to do? Am I going to become boring because I am not looking for the next best thing or for a change in my life because societal norm says I should? 

Society has made me believe that there is something I need to work on or else I wont be happy and these include my body, mind, life achievements and possessions, but while having my regular afternoon nap on my regular couch, I had an epiphany.

​I came to the realisation that my boring and non-eventful life is the green grass that I have always dreamt of, and it was always right there in front of me. 

I don’t need the fancy house on Castle Hill, a grand holiday overseas or the Lamborghini in the driveway to make me happy, but if you would like to buy me one I won’t object! I know that I just need my friends, my family and my comfy old couch to make me happy.

So my advice to anyone who is reading this is and has had the same thoughts and feelings as I have is to just take a look at your life, and if there are more good days than bad, then you have all the reasons in the world to smile, because you have found your green pasture and anything else on this rollercoaster we call life is a bonus.

If anyone else has any feedback please place a comment below, I would love to hear from you.


Nicole has lived in Townsville for 8 years and married her husband last year.  Currently on maternity leave from her high school teaching position, Nicole is enjoying the new challenges of becoming a mum after welcoming a beautiful baby girl in September 2015.

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