The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence is a proverb that captures the true life story of a middle aged man whose name was Fortune.

Fortune had no job. At 30, he was still squatting with his parents. Time was against him and pressures to marry were high. His friends all had a car.

Although he was highly intelligent and a graduate too, nature was not fair with him as he struggled to survive.

He was however lazy and didn’t work hard to find a job or be gainfully employed. He just relaxed and waited for manna to fall.

He was preoccupied with the successes of his friends and peers and busied himself counting their blessings that he was left with little or no time to reflect on his life and introspect and find the missing link in his life.

He was also fond of thinking of quick and easy ways to riches and thought the best thing for him to do was to flee another country.

He hinged his decision on the fact that one of his friends was living there and was financially comfortable.

It was not that there were no opportunities at home but he did not explore any and never wanted to. Some of his friends made it big in their country.

He was however not satisfied with their level of success and wealth. He was looking up to the one abroad who would come home to flaunt his wealth and donate millions at events he attended upon invitation.

One day, he jetted out of the country and fell into the waiting hands of immigration officials at a foreign airport. He had forged his travel documents. He was prosecuted and convicted.

Two years later, he regained his freedom upon the completion of his prison term and was repatriated to the country. He stayed briefly and flew again to a different destination.

A few strangers welcomed him and introduced him to drug trafficking. Because he was stranded and unsure of what he wanted, he accepted the offer. He had no choice, though. Beggars, they say, cannot be choosers.

Sooner had he joined them than he ran into trouble once again. He was arrested and summarily executed. Drug trafficking carried the death penalty in the latter country.

And that was the end of the story of an ambitious lazy young man who admired his wealthy friends, thinking that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence and vowed to get rich like them without questioning the source of their affluence.

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