When I play a new game, I will often set it on its hardest setting and see what happens...I will play for a bit and then start all over again once I have an idea of what's going to useful. If only life were that way.
Like most grand quests, this one began humbly. The protagonist muses out a window at how mundane life can be and dissatisfaction with normally joyful things soon follows. However, in this case there is no wizard on the doorstep prodding things into action. Rather, there needed to be personal action taken; a self driven quest.