IS the Grass Always Greener on the Other Side? by Erin Ushijima

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I recently heard from a high school teacher that the students experience all kinds of pressures, are exhausted, overwhelmed, and stressed before they even graduate.  A lot of adults think being a kid is easy, and they’d love to give up their responsibilities to go back to being a carefree kid.  Realistically, the life of a younger person may not be as easy as we think.

You’re “forced” to go to school every weekday, whether you like it or not, and you have to be around people you like and dislike, whether you like it or not – similar to adults going to their jobs.  You may have parents that are on your case to get certain grades, be a certain type of athlete, or get into a certain college – similar to having a boss expecting certain results at work.

There are cliques and bullying, which also exist for adults, but children don’t always have the resources or ability to make choices to handle or get out of certain situations.  On top of this, social media plays a big part of life.  It’s not just a place to connect with friends and colleagues, like it is for adults.  It shows your status at school, it competes with others, and it can easily be used to humiliate someone or ruin their reputation.

I, personally, enjoy the freedom and choices I have as an adult, and accept that the balance, are all the responsibilities and consequences.  Although adults have worries, stress, and a lot of responsibilities, it’s not necessarily “easy” being a kid.  The grass is not always greener on the other side, if you’re willing to put yourself in someone else’s shoes.  All these idioms start to make sense when looking at a life from a new angle – having a new perspective.  Whether it’s childhood versus adulthood, man versus woman, rich versus poor, each have challenges, but each also come with blessings.  Life somehow balances things out, so we can only appreciate where we’re at now.  Something to think about: whether the biggest challenge in your life happens when you’re 15 or 55, it’s consumes your life, all the same.

Our guest blogger this week is Erin Ushijima.  She is a Happiness Officer at Happiness U, as well as a virtual assistant to myself and other clients, at Erin Ushijima Creative Assistance.

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