So, today’s word is easy, as in the opposite of difficult or hard. There seems to be this thought in the world, dear reader, that if something is easy then it’s not worth having. I see this in the comments of the videos I watch whenever I watch other people play video games. Yes, I pass my time watching other people play video games. It’s quite fun sometimes, and I get to see games I’ll never play because they’re not my cup of tea, but they’re interesting to watch. Anyway, in the comment section, commenters will say to the person playing: “Turn up the difficulty, it’s too easy.” Like, so what if it’s “too easy”? Maybe not everyone in the world wants to spend fifteen minutes fighting every single enemy in the game. I know I don’t want to waste up to an hour of my time fighting one boss — dying over and over just to make it pass this blankity blank boss. That’s not “fun” to me. I don’t thrive on that kind of challenge. Just yesterday I rage quit a game because I wasted fifteen minutes trying to catch a stupid satellite in space. Stupid controls weren’t working right (so I keep telling myself). I just don’t have the patience for things like that. Don’t get me wrong. I’m okay with fighting enemies in video games. I mean that’s the nature of the beast, but I prefer them to be on my level or just above. If that makes me a “filthy casual” well, so be it.
But it’s not just video games, I mean think about it. Especially in the Western world, we as a society are fed this idea that nothing is supposed to be easy. We as individuals are supposed to “work hard” for everything, or it’s not worth having. It’s a societal ethic that I, personally, have never agreed with, because sometimes it’s just wrong. When I was younger we were taught that “easy girls” weren’t worth marrying. Because marriage was what women were supposed to strive for I suppose. They didn’t say anything about easy men, did they? But we women sure didn’t want to be seen as “easy” because that would be bad. What was the saying? Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free? Screw that noise. And being “easy” as a woman is still frowned upon, 30 some odd years later… even in this oh-so-enlightened age of 2018. You would think that we’d have come a bit further in our thinking… but I see slut shaming all over the media. It’s down-right sad. It honestly is. Men can have sex with whomever they please, but women still need to… what? Not enjoy sex? Not have sex? Not exist? I dunno what people think. People are weird. I like sex. I’ve always enjoyed it. Because sex is an enjoyable activity. I was “easy” and I’ve always said to the people who thought me a “slut” — What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. I’m not hurting anyone so kindly take your opinions and fuck off. /rant
And I’m that way with pretty much anything. Not the whole “fuck off” business. That only comes out when people judge me against archaic morality that has no place in this modern world. No, I’m easy when it comes to life. I mean, what’s up with the notion that life has to be hard or complicated or it’s just not worth living? Screw that noise… at least when it comes to me and my life. If I have to go out of my way to make something “work” then it’s not worth my time. I am totally not competitive at all. Rat race? Nope, quit that even before I became disabled. Want my man? If he wants you back, you’re welcome to him. If my significant other wants out of a relationship… Don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya. Oh, I’m sorry! Was I supposed to fight to keep those things? Not my style. True story, when I was married to my first husband, some woman called me up and informed me he was having an affair with her. I was all, “okay, and…?” Nonplussed, she hung up. She called me later to tell me she’d fight me for him. Well, I explained to her, he and I were all packed up to move the next day but she was welcome to follow us to our next state if she really wanted him that badly, but I doubt he was worth the effort. She hung up again, and that was the last I heard from her. I honestly didn’t care that he was cheating. I knew he was the cheating type when I married him. Adultery wasn’t what ended our relationship, but that’s a different story.
The thing is, this is the only life I have as Willow, and I’m not going to waste most of it expending energy on reaching some weird-ass goal that society says I should obtain, not when I can be content with what I already have. I mean, it’s not my goal in life to get all of the things or even to be the best at everything. Hell, I don’t even want to be the best at anything. I’m good just learning until I know what I want to know and then moving on. But hey, dear reader, if you are goal-oriented and want to climb to the top, then go you. I honestly mean that. I’m not gonna stand in anyone’s way. And someone has to make it to the top, right? It’s not gonna be me. Unless I just happen to wander there accidentally. I like things easy. I leave hard to other people. Each has their own way. I guess that some people might think an easy life is a boring life. After all the story is in the conflict, right? But I’d rather have a boring life than an exciting one. I’ve had exciting, and not by choice. I’ll take boring any day of the week. And when it comes right down to it, I’m basically lazy at heart. If you ask me, I’ll tell you that I’m lazy with a good work ethic. If I have a job to do, I will do my damnedest to get it done, and I will finish that task thoroughly and completely. However, I will also find the simplest, easiest, and least complicated way to do it.
In my opinion, life is hard enough without making it more complicated. I’ll take the easy path, and I see nothing wrong in taking the easy path. After all, there’s an easy path for a reason. For me, there’s nothing noble or better about making life more difficult than it already is. That being said, I also don’t think there anything wrong with wanting a challenge. I mean, there are also difficult paths for a reason too. I think what I’m saying is (as I said before) each has their own way. If I’m taking the easy road, I shouldn’t be ridiculed for doing so. This is my way. It’s not hurting anyone, and I’m content with my life as it is. People who take the hard road — so long as they are happy with their lot in life, should be left alone as well. I don’t really judge anyone who isn’t walking the same road that I am. Unless they’re bitching about the way their life is going and refuse to choose a different path. Then I judge. I judge so hard. I’m only human after all. In all other things, I’m pretty easy going. ^_^