7 May 2016
They say the grass always seems greener on the other side. Often times, they tell you that to teach you contentment and warn you against looking for something that seems better when you have something that is perhaps just okay right where you are.
As they encourage contentment and discourage being ambitious, they refuse to talk about what happens if the other side in question is well and truly greener. What if the grass is indeed greener on the other side? The only way to answer this question is to decide against taking the logical route of contentment which means staying where you are.
Of course, contentment is good. It is an enviable trait necessary for daily living and happiness. But regret isn’t. Regret is what will happen if you always continue to look over at the other side with a thirst for what might be better but never be able to venture out to grasp it.
Regret will eat at you and will eventually eat out your contentment. Wondering what could have been will never allow you enjoy what is at the moment. But before you embark on finding out what is on the other side, you need to be ready to face the consequences of your quest and understand that the choice to seek what’s better was your decision in order to allow yourself face the possibility that the other side might really not be greener.
If the grass is really greener, you would have gained something. And if it isn’t, you would still have gained something; an understanding, a lesson, some salient wisdom bequeathed by experience: the best kind.
The next time you feel the need to find out just how much greener the other side is, your contentment will get the better of you and you just might not care anymore about the regret.
Author: Aderonke Adeleke
Writer. Music lover. Movie junkie. Social Media Enthusiast. Aspiring dancer. Aspiring photographer. Social Introvert.