Among the guidelines to follow is that which tells you to give your protagonist major difficulties to overcome. The warning runs roughly that the strength and the values of your hero are shown only in the challenges that he/she overcomes. Small challenges, easy path, no stretching to the very limit equals shallow character, story with little power or meaning. Intense challenges, loss, pain, fear that must be overcome, even close to despair, equals courage, strength, faith, integrity, power, story with deep meaning. Test to the limit equals giant hero/heroine, and good book.
No major test, comfortable all the way equals mediocre life, opportunities wasted, mortality frittered away...Pretty often an easy ride seems a very welcome idea. We all get frightened, lonely, discouraged, and pretty often too tired to want to make the effort. But it's then that the effort counts.