I Can’t Get No Satisfaction

I’ve been wanting to blog for a while, but having a four-year-old and a four-month-old in the house hasn’t been conducive to the endeavours I wish to embark in.

I’m writing this post because I think some of you might sympathize, and some of you might better understand people like me as a result. I also have another post I want to write that needs this one for a little bit of context.

The other day I was talking with my work appointed psychologist, a person I like and respect, and they asked me if I would be ok with my health as it stands going forward and never improving beyond where I am at. I know myself well enough to know that the answer is ‘heck no!’. I can’t be satisfied with things the way the are. EVER. If my health was the best it ever had been I would still be interested and active in trying to improve it.

But the reality is that it’s not just my health, it’s everything. Heck, it’s because of this nature of mine; a perpetual, insatiable desire to find out how things could be better that got me to Spain in the first place. I could never tell my dad at the time but I was interested in farming before I came to Spain. Working at the John Deere dealership and having numerous relatives and friends in farming I could see an attractive lifestyle in farming. And I promise I am still going to get around to it, I believe in farming as a career choice now more than ever.

None-the-less, as a result of the conversation with my psychologist I wanted to sit down and think about what are the things that I am completely satisfied with: What are the things I have no desire to change in my life right now. I think it’s going to be a short list, but that is what this post is about.

  • My wife. I spent a lot of time researching and exploring options for this category. It was time well spent
  • My masa pancakes recipe, it is perfect
  • My belt. It was a gift from my wife, it’s not special except that it’s real leather, tough and classy enough for just about any ocassion
  • My watch. Another gift from my wife. It’s a Seiko 5 Sports Automatic with a black nylon wrist band, again, tough and classy enough for just about any ocassion
  • My flashlights. One is a little Biolite with USB charging, the other is a super bright Bitfenix
  • My pocket knife, a Leatherman Free T2

And I think that is about it. Everything else in my life I am sure can be improved.

But I lost my pocket knife yesterday, and while I wasn’t interested in improving it, now I have the dilemma of whether to just replace it, or look to the K2 for an improved handle while keeping weight low, the P4 to get a few more tools that really would be handy, or the K4 to get everything I really want at the expense of increased weight, bulk, and price. I am too good at losing things live in my pocket to be excited about spending more money.

In the words of the Rolling Stones, I can’t get no satisfaction.

(But I promise, Carol, wife, I have no thoughts of changing you out for something different)

By Jaime

Happily married and proud father, most often found in Málaga, Spain.

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