Jimenez makes no judgments on how others choose lead their lives, but he is insistence that his laid back and carefree attitude remains at the center of his equilibrium.
"The most important thing is, and I've always said the same thing, you have to enjoy what you do in your life," he said.
"I do a little bit of this, a little bit of that and my life is going forward.
"That is what I recommend to people. Enjoy yourself, enjoy your life and do whatever you want to do in life.
"But don't come to play golf if you want to do something else and don't do something else if you want to do golf.
"You have to make a compromise with yourself about what you want to do."
The affable Jimenez makes his comeback at Thursday's Spanish Open at the Parador de El Saler course in Valencia, providing the Spaniard with an opportunity to test out a body which has been put through months of rehabilitation.
"It's made me more determined," he said.
"I love the game and these three months of not competing, I'm missing some important venues.
"I love to compete. It's the only thing I know how to do properly in my life.
"It doesn't matter whether you win or not, but you're doing what you like in your life and I stopped doing things.
"I've stopped competing with the young guys. I've stopped competing in the tournaments. I miss all these things and that's what I want to do."
Jimenez's 19 tour wins remain a source of great pride of satisfaction as does his success with the European Ryder Cup team -- most recently as assistant captain at Medinah.
While the next few days should give an indication of how his body is holding up, Jimenez is undecided as to how long he will continue playing at the very highest level.
"I've seen four kinds of generations and I've played with them. To me I think it's a privilege to be part of the history with them.
"I haven't won a major, but I don't regret anything. I feel satisfied to be part of all this, I feel so happy with that.
"I'm on the way back, I don't know for how long. To me I will keep competitive or in competition with the young people for as long as I can play well and win a tournament.
"But if I don't play well and just finish winning it's time to go."