Having spent time in a different world, it is natural to compare the two, as well as think about other locations. Would I want to live someplace different?
For many, it’s what they are used to; they have no choice but to endure conditions fate has dealt them. If you have seen Slumdog Millionaire or the Shantaram, it is easy to understand what I mean (although one can easily find appalling conditions in the US, from which people cannot escape). Fortunate humans have some choice, even if they don’t take advantage of their luck. Perhaps, those with choice suffer in a different manner. Worst off are those that want a different life (what they dream is better), but cannot achieve it or fear taking the needed steps.
Few know or admit that there is no perfect place to live, no perfect job, and no perfect life. Each of these has its positive and negative aspects, as well as advantages and disadvantages. The key to happiness is to avoid or reduce the latter as much as possible. For example, stupid, lying, self-serving politicians are everywhere, so one must find a place where they can be mostly ignored. Also, weather cannot be influenced anywhere, so one must pick a climate that one finds suitable. Advertising is ubiquitous, even in the most out-of-the-way spots, but it can be ignored. And, most significantly, people are the same everywhere.
What’s my point? I could manage in many places, but I am satisfied with where I live. It is not perfect, but it has more advantages than disadvantages. More importantly, I’m used to life here. That sounds negative, but habit plays a big role in making choices. What you are used to—if it is satisfying, positive, and good—defines whether you are happy with your life.
I was satisfied with my vacation in Florida, but was even happier to return to my rut…
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.