The Grass Isn’t Always Greener on the Other Side of the Fence

Have you ever wished for something that someone else has?

I’m not just talking about their car, their home or their shoes. I’m talking more about what they look like or how their health appears to be on the outside.

But really when it comes down to it, nothing is really as it appears to be.

The proverbial grass is not always greener on the other side.

Even though we may think it is.

Let me give you the two simpliest examples that we can all relate to.

There are two body types that are sometimes incredibly jealous of one characteristic of the other.

First you have the more generous build- those people who have an easy time putting on body weight, be it fat or muscle.

Their biggest complaint?

It is far too easy to put weight on and usually far too difficult to take it off.

They have a fair amount of muscle mass if they want it but showing it off is not the easiest task in the world.

On the flip side, you have those people who have a slim build.

For these people, they are usually slim throughout their entire frame and seeing muscle definition is pretty common.

These body frames are the ones with a flat stomach, slim hips & a six pack.

Their biggest complaint?

It is very difficult for them to put on muscle mass and then it remains a challenge to maintain that muscle mass once they’ve added it.

Each of the above body types wants the one thing that the other has & is fighting against.

So why is this such a problem?

Because this means that no one is ever happy or satisfied with what cards they’ve been genetically dealt.

There is another piece to this, though.

Just because you may envy what someone else has or how someone else might look, you don’t know the whole story.

That person with the amazing muscle definition & six pack abs might have a blood pressure or cholesterol problem just because of their genetics.

They’ve been given a double-edged sword. They may look good on the outside but their insides are more vulnerable than their outsides.

Or you may have someone who is the picture of health & fitness on the outside who struggles with emotional, chemical or other imbalances or issues.

So where is the grass really greener?

Is it better to look good but have less obvious health concerns?

Is it better to be healthy but not look the way you really want?

Is either scenario even a guarantee of good health or a promise of happiness?

The easy answer is that there is none.

The hard answer is one that only you can decide.

Where do you fall? Do you really think that the grass is greener any where other than where you are?

That is something only you can answer but just remember, there are pluses & minuses to every scenario.

You’ll just need to choose on what side of the fence you’re going to fall on.

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  • Melanie Kissell

    Interesting way to approach this subject, Annette. And you’re absolutely right. There’s NO WAY to know what’s going on in anybody’s life just by their “body habitus” – the way they look from the outside.

    As humans, it seems we’re never satisfied. And maybe that’s a good thing to some extent. To strive for better health and better happiness (and maybe even better abs!) may not be such a bad thing. :-)

    It’s was nice meeting you via the 30-day blogging challenge and hope you’re planning on joining in again in June.


  • Annette Nack

    Thanks for your comment Melanie!

    I totally agree that we’re never satisfied but I think we do ourselves a great disservice by being so unsatisfied. It’s good to strive for something better but sometimes I see the focus is not on the striving but on the negative of what we don’t have. I just hope that the good outweighs the bad.

    I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

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