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Jan. 21st, 2011 @ 06:00 pm Life on Easy Mode
Today, I did something I didn't think I'd ever do. I paid somebody else to shovel snow for me. A neighbor of mine let me know about a guy down the block who owns a bobcat and who came out to help him, and suggested that we look into using him as well. A few dollars later, and the heavy roadslush at the front of my house is all taken care of. Probably saved me about an hour and a half of shoveling, as well as no need to get the snowblower out. I think that we might just have to continue this.

I've also been putting just about every bill I have on auto-pay, something that I previously wasn't a fan of. I used to like having finer control of how and when things got paid, but not anymore. Now, I mostly care that things get paid. And I can figure out the details in one lump at the end of the month instead of every week.

Furthermore, in the past few months, I've let go of some ego and started playing some games on easy mode. That's how I beat God of War II and Gears of War. Hard mode just takes too much time and investment, more than I can give it right now. As much as I love games, and as much as I know that I can beat them still, I've got other things to take care of. And I'd rather spend time with Luc anyway.

The change in games is an appropriate metaphor for the rest of my life. As I grow older and my responsibilities become more complicated, I'm trading in unnecessary challenges. If anecdotal evidence has anything to say, this is fairly common. If anything, I held out longer than most. With classes starting up in just a few days and my life about to kick into an incredible overdrive, I've got a lot of good reasons for automating things now.

However, I wonder something: since we all crave challenge as a means of fulfillment, and I certainly know that I do, what am I going to take on once things calm down? Ponderous, that.
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