The grass is always greener on the other side… or is it?!?

So on Monday, I turned a year older. Which I suppose can be as significant or as trivial as you make it. However this year, I went up a whole age bracket!

Now normally in the days leading up to my birthday, it’s not uncommon for me to get a little extra reflective. Maybe even sing the birthday blues. Am I where I thought I would be at this point? Is life going according to plan? Am I really that old and does that really make me that old?!?

I had a few vulnerable moments (even from the stage!) and deep and meaningfuls this week… when I just got real and raw. And you know what came out? As much as we think everyone else may have it all together, we’re really all just doing the best that we can. And often those people that we dangerously compare ourselves to, are actually looking at you and doing the same thing.

As with everything in life, it’s all about perspective.

For example, I could be bummed I still have to use my immobilizer and be on crutches. However, I whizzed through that security line at the airport as they let me use the special assistance lane! And I was the FIRST person to board a plane for the first time in my life!

So yes, some fun times this week, and some time to reflect.

Here are some deep thoughts:


Perception may be reality, but it’s not always the truth.
The grass may sometimes appear greener on the other side, but if you look a little closer the grass you’re standing on is a pretty good shade.
Everyone has a story. And no one has everything figured out.
Stay on your path and you’ll realize you’re closer to where you’re going than perhaps you realized.
Good things come to those who wait (that was from my fortune cookie earlier in the week!)


Following up from my lessons learned in Nicaragua (which I shared last week), life is not a race. I’ve been pretty blessed to have had some pretty cool experiences thus far in my life, and I have no doubt I have a lot more still in store. Moreover, I’m learning to love where I’m at right now.


(By the way, I’m creating a birthday bucket list… 35 things I’m doing for my 35th year… I have activities from fencing to singing at an open mic night to planting a tree to a painting night. I’m not quite at 35 yet… so any suggestions please message me here!)


It’s all about perspective. Perception may not be reality. Your grass may be greener than you realize. (Click to tweet it out!)

Have a FAB week!

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Carol Schulte

Carol is a published author, has been featured in numerous magazines and podcasts, and is a returning guest expert on Rogers TV. Having lived and worked in 16 countries including Ashrams in India and vans in New Zealand, rocked dreadlocks in Thailand and shaved her head for breast cancer, she certainly walks her talk and brings a global perspective to all she does. When she’s not traveling or speaking on stage, you can find her volunteering as a bereavement facilitator, training for her next triathlon, or practicing her serious carpool karaoke game.

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