What was your “it can’t be that easy / it was that easy” moment in your life?

What was your “it can’t be that easy / it was that easy” moment in your life?

26 thoughts on “What was your “it can’t be that easy / it was that easy” moment in your life?

  1. I made a 13th century “pirate” style shirt by hand no machine with a YouTube video I like sewing but I’m not the best at it so it made me feel good about doing things that seem hard

  2. In my late teens/early 20s I landed several good admin jobs that required a degree I didn’t have. Turns out when they say “bachelors degree” they just meant “sound middle class on the phone”.

  3. Got a job that required full time field work for minimal pay…in AZ.

    On my first day they asked about other skills. I saw other people using Autocad so I said I used it in college but I was really rusty….. This was a lie. I had only ever used it once to draw some circles.

    They were excited and got me a 4 day refresher class. I learned AutoCAD and haven’t been in the field in over a year.

    I later asked for more pay since I wasn’t a field tech anymore. They said no. I got another job using autoCAD for double salary.

    Pro tip: learn AutoCAD C3D. It’s not that hard, and boomers will think you’re a tech god.

  4. I was trying to activate windows XP and 7 on an old computer a few years ago for giggles and software compatibility. I couldn’t get them to accept my key because the servers were shut down. I tried calling the phone number they had listed and it gave me a code for my windows one I entered my key. It was super easy. Best of all, I didn’t have to talk to a person, a robot took care of it all.

  5. Found a 60” tv by the dumpster. Plugged it in, didn’t turn on. Looked up common problems with the model number, bought a part on eBay for $20, replaced part, had a huge TV.

  6. One of the kids I babysit was going through a phase of “I want to be a baby again”. Jealous of her sister. Weeks of gentle parenting and such.

    You know what worked? I was eating ice cream and she wanted some. I said babies don’t get ice cream.

    That was it. She was done.

  7. Operating an electric pallet jack. (One of my coworkers literally just showed me one day how to work it. No training required, just learn how it works.)

  8. Tying shoe laces.

    When I was a kid, no one ever managed to teach me how to tie my shoes. I remember never being able to get that last step that ties it all together and in general I suck with knots. I would have been garbage in the boy scouts. I got into my early 20’s relying mostly on velcro shoes.

    But one day I sat down with a pair of new shoes determined to figure it out. I put one on and tied it correctly on the first try. I just sat there dumbfounded for a few minutes wondering how it had been that easy all along.

  9. I was recently looking for an apartment and rent in my city, like most cities currently, is outrageous

    So after three days of looking I found this 2 bedroom apartment with a price that normally would get you a roach infested one bedroom/studio shithole in a bad part of town

    But these apartments look nice, they’re in a good part of town, the reviews online are all positive, I can’t figure out the catch– then I see there is a year long wait list for this place, but I decide to go to the leasing office and after talking to the property manager, I get bumped to the top of the list for an apartment that becomes available next month

    I keep waiting for the bottom to drop out. Most people spend months looking for places in my city and they’d be paying a third more than I’m paying at a minimum for a similar place. I looked for 3 days and found this place but I think I just got lucky and it was just that easy

  10. Changing my bathroom faucet. I’m a 56 year old woman that’s never done any plumbing before. Turns out YouTube is a wealth of knowledge. It really wasn’t that hard! I get joy every time I wash my hands knowing I did that.

  11. Learning to drive. First time around failed the written test by one question and it made me really anxious about the whole thing. Tried again a little while later and it was surprisingly easy, and the behind the wheel test was even easier.

    I eventually ended up retrying and getting my license because I was sick of being the one 16 (almost 17 at that point) year old in my fiend group who needed to be picked up whenever we went anywhere.

  12. Solving a decade of disability with an over-the-counter iron supplement.

    Edit: I seem to have convinced a number of people they’re iron deficient and that they should start taking iron pills. While iron is unlikely to be harmful in over-the-counter doses over the short-term, in the long-term it can literally kill you. *If at all possible,* get medical supervision for doing this. I’m doing it on my own because I can’t convince my doctor I’m deficient when I definitely am, but this carries risks with it.

  13. I started looking for a job last year and got three offers within two months, two of which were significantly higher pay. Made me realize I’ve been sitting around way too long.

  14. Worked on an almost 5 million dollar lighting rig for a concert as a junior guy on the job. We get it all plugged in and patched but none of it would turn on. All the guys were freaking out trying to figure out why. The team collectively had about 150 years of experience.

    No one checked ro see if the generators were turned on.

    I was like no way this is why but I’ll just go check if the generators are good. Flipped stuff on and viola.

  15. Standing up for myself, and no longer being afraid to “upset” others by simply existing lol

  16. In college the professor advertised an internship and wrote the info on the board. Out of a class of 150 students, I was the only one to apply and I fulfilled my internship requirement for graduation.

  17. when i started my add medication – i never knew how life could be and how easy it was to just get up and do stuff

    changed my life for the better and i’ve managed to turn so many things around, cant believe it took me 18 years to get diagnosed

  18. I had a loose hinge on my door. It kind of drove me crazy for three years, but I had no idea how to fix the wood that had been stripped. Then I found a product on Amazon for $10 where you shove on a sleeve, break it off and then screw in the new screws. Bought two new hinges that don’t squeak. Took about 10 minutes and cost $20 and it’s no longer a problem!

  19. Get into a bar fight. Some guy didn’t like the way I looked. Never had said a word to the guy all night, he was about 15 feet away from me most of the night.

  20. I learned how to ride a bike later (at 14, now I’m 24). At the time, I thought it would be impossible, but it literally was one foot after the other.

  21. Drinking water.

    Went from having issues getting to sleep and then waking up grumpy and tired. Water has changed my life. Thought it would be super difficult to kick soda, but once I tried and didn’t give in the benefits out weight the taste.

  22. Honestly, after being incredibly broke, I remember how easy everything suddenly seemed when I had money.

    Car broken? Get it fixed. Sick? Go to the doctor. Need a babysitter? Hire one.

    Money makes everything so much easier and less disruptive to life.

    I knew I’d made it when I put my bills on auto-pay.

  23. Applying for my Irish passport. My dad was born there, so I’m a naturalized citizen. I hate paperwork, so avoided ever filling out my application. Turns out it takes 10 minutes online.

  24. In a bar on a work night just for a couple of drinks with a mate.

    Briefly talked to a girl at the bar when I was ordering a drink. I left an hour later and said goodbye to her as I was walking out.

    She asked if she ‘could come with me’ I was like ‘oh I’m just going home’ and she said ‘yes I know’. Completely hit me out of the blue, I was like ‘oh right…. Ah.. yeah sure, you can absolutely come with me’.

    I was sus and confused about it. But all went well. Turns out she had been stood up for a date and sat there for an hour or so by herself. And I was just in the right place and the right time.

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