It's human nature to avoid what we feel is a waste of time, energy and resources.
It's also human nature to pour energy into what we find fascinating.
If someone is made to climb a mountain, they'll find the easiest path, and perhaps even cheat.
If someone desires to climb a mountain, they may even make it more difficult—challenging—for themselves if the route doesn't light their fire.
If it were human nature to go the easy route, I wouldn't be sitting here writing out a response! No one would write a novel. No one would climb Mt. Everest. No one would bake a cherry pie from scratch. No one would have kids.
Photo by Sandra Dodd, of Holly Dodd riding a steam train
restored and largely operated by volunteers.
The easy route would have been for them to stay home
and read books and watch movies about trains.