“The grass is always greener on the other side (of the fence)” is an expression referring to the way we tend to look at other people’s circumstances as better than our own.
Specially in the age of social media, it is becoming more challenging to discern truth from invented “reality.”
Some rephrasing and less subtle variations abound.
“Sometimes the grass looks greener on the other side because it’s fake (or has been fertilized by bullsh*t, or is over the septic tank).”
“Where the grass is greener, the water bill is bigger.”
The expression has become an example of verbal irony, the meaning being the opposite of what is said. But sometimes it can go to the other extreme, to mean that the grass is never greener on the other side.
The truth is that sometimes the grass is greener on the other side. And if one asks why, it doesn’t have to come from envy, but from a desire to understand one’s situation and perhaps be inspired to improve it, for things to get better.
“The grass isn’t greener on the other side; it’s greener where you water it.”
“I’m too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener.”
Is it possible to believe that we can make all grasses green?