Appreciate the grass on your side.
Life is short; we’ve all heard this before. At times we don’t see the full meaning until something major happens in out lives. But yes life is short, borrowed, and we don’t have control on when we give it back. We see many stories about tragedies that happen all around us, and we’ve seen many this year. Shootings, fires, kidnappings, murders, earthquakes, floods, accidental deaths, etc., but I don’t think we can never really respect the situation by just reading it in the paper. Of course we have sympathy, and send our condolences, but it is definitely different first hand. We can take as many precautions to be safe, but when it comes down to it, we really have no control. So, life is short.
So, what about it? Well we all say this phrase, but what do we mean by it. It’s a way to say live to the fullest, carpe diem, live like there was no tomorrow. It’s a way to say appreciate what you have. But how many of us do to the full extent? We often get caught up in what we need to get done, our busy schedule, due dates and so on. I know I am guilty of wanting more, needing more, and honestly being greedy at times. This is because humans are great at adapting. It’s a great attribute, but also a great downfall. It’s great because it ensures our survival, but its bad because we get used to the good, the good becomes the norm, and then we strive for more, we get greedy. In reality, happiness and success is relative. A person that make 20k a year can be just as happy as a person that makes 150k a year, it depends on the quality of life. I have many successes that I can be proud of, but at times I overlook them because I am constantly looking for the next success point in my life. I don’t believe looking for your next success or accomplishment or achieving a goal is a bad thing, at least not until you start to overlook and forget to appreciate the accomplishments you already have.
We all suffer from “the grass is greener on the other side”. This is when we need to pull back and see what is right in front of you and appreciate that. Appreciate the grass under your feet. Appreciate everyday you wake up. There is always someone out there that has it worse than you, it may sound cheesy, but it’s true.
So what am I trying to say with all this, well simply, appreciate the grass on your side of the fence. Appreciate your life, be happy and know where you came from. Life is short, we’ve all had loses of loved ones, we’ve all witness and sometimes gone through tragedies. We often need to take a moment and see the full picture and see what it includes. If we do that, we can have a better understanding for ourselves, and a newfound appreciation of life as a whole.
Take this post as you want. It may seem like a rant, and it might be. But at the end of the day, we need to have conversations like these to bring us back down to reality, back down to life. We need them to spark the notion of life and how we view it. Sometimes we need them to get a different perspective of our appreciation, and the grass on our side of the fence, life is short, appreciate the grass on your side.