We are all familiar with the saying “The grass is always greener on the other side.” Of course in plain terms it means you want what you don’t have. As humans, we are always wondering “What if?“ and placing ourselves in imaginary scenarios that we hope one day will come true.
Through our childhoods and even through adolescence, I think a majority of us go through a phase where we’re a little selfish and ungrateful. As we get older, we become more appreciative of the opportunities we receive and the things we have. Yet life is in a constant state of evolution; with everything changing all the time, it’s only natural for us to expect more is to come.
The list of things I have to be grateful for is not a short one. I can admit that without hesitation. There are many people and experiences in my life that have led me to where I am now that I am extremely thankful for, and I also understand my privileges. My life has been pretty good thus far, so it makes me feel a little guilty when I find myself asking: “How can I still want more?”
My answer: “Well, why shouldn’t you?”
I think we should all be striving to become better versions of ourselves. Life is all about experiences, so if you’re not trying to pursue your passions, teach yourself something new, or make an impact in some way, what’s the point? It’s no fun to keep the car in park when there’s an option to drive.
In fact, there’s nothing wrong with thinking about the future. Personally, I don’t want to look five years ahead and see myself in the exact same place I’m in right now. At this point in life, I want to always give myself long-term and short-term goals and consistently try to meet them. Continual growth is the name of the game, and you should always want the utmost success for yourself (and for those around you!) It’s just going to require some good ol’ hard work and determination.
Basically my point is just because you’re looking ahead to the future doesn’t mean you’re not grateful for what you have at the present moment. It’s always important to have a plan while still keeping in mind the people and/or experiences that have gotten you where you are. There is so much to be grateful for (like waking up every morning for instance), and yet there are also a lot of opportunities at our disposal that we should be taking advantage of. So stay humble, stay grateful, and stay striving to create the life that you want for yourself!