How true. Since high school I have lived in several states and worked many jobs. I regret none of those experiences but am learning that no matter where I go, no matter what I do, my happiness levels stay about the same. I still have my dreams and passions but there are always going to be certain aspects of a career or home that are not so pleasant. I thought moving here to Austin I might find more happiness but that is not necessarily the case... But in a way I'm glad I did it. Sometimes I imagine telling my grandchildren all my stories of traveling and places I've lived and that's comforting to me. The stories I live are the one thing that make it seem like it was worth it, even if I wasn't the happiest at the time.
I think the grass is not greener also applies to relationships. Our culture ingrains in us that we must do whatever we can to be as happy as possible... If our significant other doesn't bring us as much happiness anymore, we should find someone else. Or we just tell ourselves that we might be happier with someone else. I don't believe there are such things as perfect relationships or soul mates though. We have to learn to be content with who we are with because if you find someone else, years down the line you will probably get the same feeling and want to try out someone new. Some people understand this concept. The other 50% of married couples don't. There have been studies done that show how people in arranged marriages end up being happier couples in the long run because they are forced to love each other and grow together. Sometimes I wish we could go back to that system.
So I don't know where this leaves me. One of my favorite jobs was working a low wage, food service job at Kitchen Kettle Village in Pennsylvania. Maybe I just need to be content working a job like that instead of imagining what life would be like as a Writer, or Psychologist, or Actor because The Grass Is Not Greener.