The reason for the general notions is that people said they didn't know how to take prompts because I'd prompt something like "water" and they'd be all, like body of water? or water the garden? or...? when I was saying, no seriously, any direction you want to go, like tears or rivers or bathtime. Folks would try to guess which interpretation of a word I had in mind and say they didn't want to interpret the prompt "wrong."
They're not suggestions, though. They're examples, and they've never been stated as anything else--that's why there is always a "or whatever" or "or any other direction you want to go" on there. I'm sorry they feel too directive for you, but as I also always make the prompt itself be the post title and also boldface and whatnot, I think the easiest thing for you would be to just not read the examples.