For quite some time my wife and I have commented how we wished the water would get hotter in our shower. It was never an issue during the Summer months but we’ve noticed it a lot more during colder weather.
We’d let the water run a little each time to warm up… and just lived with the minor annoyance of a shower that wasn’t quite as hot as we would prefer.
Every couple days we’d make mention of how we wished it was hotter. Each time I’d say that it was probably just a safety valve and it wouldn’t take me long to fix it. I just needed the right sized hex wrench to open the handle to get to it.
I also needed to think about it sometime other than first thing in the morning when we’re all trying to get ready for work and school.
Monday was a day off for me and as I showered that morning I finally decided to do something about fixing our shower. A quick search of YouTube showed me just what I needed to do… and the size of the hex wrench I’d need. I didn’t have the right one with my tools but picked one up for a couple bucks.
Once I had the wrench the fix took less than 5 minutes. 5 minutes! I couldn’t believe it. All the time we spent wishing the water was hotter… all the time we just lived with it… and it only took 5 minutes to deal with. We now have hot water to spare.
So why do I share this story? It’s not because it’s funny or entertaining… because it’s not. I’m sharing because it’s made me realize how eliminating a little annoyance can make big difference… and how foolish I was for letting it go on for so long.
We all have those little things that we continue to put up with that could probably be taken care of with little expense or effort… if remembered at the right time and dealt with.