The Best Things in Life are Easy

Posted by Anthony Mango Friday, February 12, 2010

Oftentimes, you hear people say that the best things in life are the things you have to work hard at - the things you have to "fight for". The reason why so many people say this is because they want to rationalize that if they're struggling, it's for a good purpose, and that if they give up, it didn't matter in the first place. It's a defense mechanism that has embedded itself in the subconscious of mankind for one hell of a long time. But, as most defense mechanisms, this is wrong.

The best things in life require virtually no effort whatsoever. They simply come naturally. For instance, intelligence. If you study your ass off to memorize facts and then spit them out, sure, you may receive a good grade on a test or something, but are you truly intelligent? No. Deductive reasoning, intuitive aptitude, the ability to bullshit...these things are the true intelligence. You can train dogs to salivate at the sound of a bell just as easily as you can train humans to read facts over and over until they don't forget it. That's hard work, correct? Now, I'm not saying it isn't admirable to try to better yourself intellectually, as that's encouraged more than I can say, but what I AM saying is that intelligence is one of the best things to have and you either are born with it or you aren't. No matter how much an idiot tries to study, if their brain doesn't already have the processing skill, it simply won't work.

Food is one of the best things in life, correct? So why is it that so often when we dine at a fancier restaurant we tend to dislike the food compared to the cheaper, more simplistic variations? How frequently do we find ourselves saying we want a 20 course meal with foreign tastes, in comparison to how frequently we find ourselves stating that we want a good, greasy cheeseburger? Even water is in this category. People spend so much money on bottled water, yet they've determined that it's no safer than normal tap water. What's even more fascinating than that simplicity? The fact that rainwater is even safer than tap water.

Perhaps the best example of how the best things in life are the easiest, without a doubt, is when it comes to relationships. Can family be frustrating and make you want to rip your hair out? Of course. But when you truly sit down and think about it, how incredibly easy is it for you to forget about those times and remain deeply rooted in caring about your family members? You may fight with your friends, but how easy is it to forgive and let bygones be bygones? Depending on your maturity level, you may or may not have realized by now that your truest friends are the ones that you are connected to almost by default and you don't have to "tolerate". You just simply have formed an unbreakable unity. Then, look at your relationships in love. If you have to work hard to please each other, you argue, and you struggle more than rarely, what are the chances you two will survive? Extremely minuscule. But then you meet that one special someone and it's just too simple to describe, isn't it? You may have your little squabbles and disagreements, but by the end of the night, live and let live.

The best things in life aren't those that you have to trudge through the mud to get to. They aren't those you have to sweat and bleed just for a chance at an opportunity towards. They aren't those that you have to take a leap for and just hope you can grab it, or otherwise fall into an abyss. The best things in life are already in your hands.

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