Autumn Weather

Autumn is my favorite season of the year, hands down.

I live in Texas. And in Texas, it gets hot during the summer. Like, mid-to-late 90 degrees Fahrenheit, sometimes (all too often, in my opinion) up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, even. It becomes nearly impossible to do anything outside or even to think. I don’t know if it’s because of climate change or just the hot Texas weather, but whatever the reason, it’s too hot.

When the cold autumn wind finally comes in, it feels like a breath of fresh air. Everything looks different to me, different in a good way. I feel jollier. My worries don’t disappear, but they seem easier to handle. It’s like being born again.

It occurs to me that the possible reason there is so much tension in places like the Middle East is because of the heat. The heat does make you irritable. I’ve known perfectly easygoing, kind people who can become irritable bastards after going outside in the Texas heat for even a few minutes. The only way to stay sane is to stay indoors, drink a lot of water, and do a lot of swimming, if you own a pool.

This is not to say that autumn weather makes everything better. Extreme cold seems to have a similar effect on people, from what I’ve seen, but I’ve had so little experience with it that I can’t say for certain. Anyone from up north want to tell me how extreme cold affects people’s moods?

Still, feeling the cold wind after a long, hot summer is one of the best feelings in the world. Life really does look up when the sun no longer seems to be trying to fry my brains.

-Tim

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