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Navigating life is difficult enough as it is. So why must certain things in our day-to-day have to be so hard?

Sure, some things we encounter are understandably challenging, like school, for instance.
A college degree doesn't manifest itself. It takes discipline and hours of hitting the books to expand our knowledge.

But there are some activities that have no reason for being an obstacle in the first place—like successfully taking off a price tag from an article of clothing without unraveling a loose thread, figuring out taxes, or just making friends.

Curious to hear examples of life's ridiculous challenges that shouldn't be, Redditor Jasong222 asked:
"What's something that should be easier than it is?"

These seemingly simple concepts shouldn't be nerve-wracking to figure out.

Form Of Risk Management

"Insurance. The concept itself seems so simple but actually going through it trying to understand is just ridiculous to me."

– KeepMyMomOutOfthis

Forming Bonds

"Making friends."

– fireball2294

"Keeping friends."

– 3sponge

Time To Snooze

"Falling asleep."

– Dork_from_New_York

"And on a similar note, putting a newborn baby to sleep. It's ridiculous how difficult it is to put - and keep - a newborn baby to sleep."

– orange_cuse

Relocating

"Moving. It's absolutely f'king stressful."

– TheBrassDancer

These tactile efforts shouldn't require much skill.

Pesky Adhesive

"Removing a label from jar. That goddamn glue! What it's made of?!"

– MiloMaybeLolz

Copy That

"Printers."

"Printer technology hasn't changed since the 1990s. Communication between a computer and a printer is still using drivers that haven't been modified in decades. You still get weird print queue problems, you still get instances where your computer can't find your printer."

"It shouldn't be this hard to just print a piece of paper."

– whomp1970

Getting To The Good Stuff

"Opening a fruit cup without spilling it everywhere."

– XawesomepersonX

Mechanical Hazard

"Changing the headlamp in a car."

"In our old 07 Focus the process was simple, the execution was made difficult."

"Awkward spot and there was a small jagged piece of metal sticking out somewhere. I could change it, but would always end up with a bloodied hand."

– Jmen4Ever

The process of going through protocol is understandable, but not when it doesn't work out in our favor.

Dealing With Customer Service

"Calling any number of customer service lines. If I actually get through to someone, after waiting for 30 minutes, it often ends in them hanging up on me."

– herdevineMajority

This Isn't Working Out

"Canceling a gym membership."

– uhohoreolas

"I had to get a doctor's note to end a gym membership early once. I had to make a useless appointment and everything, my doctor was pissed but he wrote the note."

– Keri2816

Getting To Know You

"F'king job interviews. That is IF you manage to get invited to one!"

– urbansamurai13

For me, getting out of bed is a mentally taxing process.

It sounds simple on paper—unfurling the bed covers, swinging my legs over onto the floor and standing up. But every morning, when it's time to get my day started, I struggle with getting myself out of bed.

"I can sleep for a few more minutes...I have to get this done, though...I have to pee...maybe I'll pee right here...I need coffee...I have to make it, though...maybe I'll skip work"—are just examples of the conversations I may or may not have had in my head.

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