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Class Perception: Greener Grass Essay

1154 words - 5 pages

Have you ever taken the time to think of how different your life could’ve been? Whether you live on a farm in the middle of Nebraska, are a world renowned fashion designer rooted deep in the heart of New York City, or give skiing lessons on a weekly basis in Colorado, you may have pondered the idea of leading a different lifestyle. Yet, one large question remains: would your life be better if you led a different one? Just look around our society today and you see multitudes of people unsatisfied with the conditions of their life. It doesn’t matter if they’re a single mother, a rich architect, or a middle-class, run-of-the-mill student; anyone could suddenly feel the urge to change their present conditions. This statement of fact need not be proved though, for one could already guess that very few are truly happy inside and out. The real debatable question here is whether or not switching your way of living would genuinely alter your being in the positive way intended. In my opinion, it doesn’t matter if any of the descriptions above describe you to a tee or if every situation is off the mark of your daily routine; No matter the life you live, the grass will never be greener on the other side. It’s one’s cognitive rationalization that changes circumstances, not change per se, and living with a mentality such as this is by no means beneficial for our being.
For starters, everybody experiences problems within their life. Not a day goes by where someone on the planet isn’t tested with an extremely trying situation. Thus, one should draw the conclusion that no matter where they go or what they do, difficulties will eventually arise and make their path moderately rocky. With no intent of sounding like an inspirational speaker, by focusing on how you’d love to obtain the life of another or start anew, you’re squandering all of the possible directions your life could take in a moment’s notice. “When we are always focusing on other opportunities, sometimes we tend to squander the opportunity right in front of us (“Why the Grass”).” Those whose lives are dominated by fame and fortune face the constant scrutiny of thousands of cameras ready to capture all of their flaws. Those whose lives seem to be dominated by friends and family may really be dominated by low self-esteem and depression. Those whose lives are dominated by curiosity and little to no satisfaction really need to consider the positive attributes that dominate their lives as well. The golden chalice of rich wine held by your beloved peers could really turn out to be nothing more than a Dixie cup full of Kool-Aid.
Imagine the image perceived in your eyes by one of the rich elite. To an unsatisfied individual, all that is seen are the six shiny, freshly-waxed, cherry red Lamborghinis parked in the garage of their multi-million dollar mansion. Jealously seeps inward, deep inside their skin, as one gets to thinking of the lavish lifestyle of these few lucky persons. Who wouldn’t desire...

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