UNITED STATES—Man, the past 2 weeks have been brutal in my neck of the woods, when it comes to the weather. I have NEVER and I mean NEVER been a fan of summer. Don’t ask me what, when and why, but I don’t do well with excessive heat and humidity. It just places me in a foul mood and I don’t like to be in the presence of a ton of people. It has been a heatwave to say the least. I can tolerate the 70s, even the low 80s, however, when it gets to the high 80s, the 90s and even the 100s that is it.

I am someone who sweats naturally. If I’m hot, I will sweat, and if the heat is blistering I sweat that much more. Could it be the fact that I was born during the frigid month of February? Perhaps or it’s just the fact that I am more prone to the fall and winter weather than the spring and summer? That is a question that I have pondered for years, and quite frankly I cannot give you an answer even if I want to.

A vast majority of Americans love summer, it opens the floodgates to all things outdoors, but at the same time it brings its mayhem along with it as well. While the roads are not as chaotic because kids are out of school, you do indeed have more kids out and about. Some manage to keep themselves occupied, others not so much. I even hate saying this, but I’ve noticed in various parts of the country, as the temperatures rise the level of violence also spikes.

Of course, I’m not going to say hot weather increases violence because we all know, correlation does not equal causation. There is indeed a connection. The only other sucky thing about a major heatwave is that it becomes quite difficult to cool down. Yes, you have the air conditioner or central air, but at some point you get cold and then you’re grabbing for the covers. You can take a dip in the pool, but you ultimately have to get out of that pool at some point America.

In winter, you can always warm up and not get overly hot, but in summer it’s near impossible to find that careful balance of cool, but not too cool. Summer also forces one to realize that the clothes of fall and winter are no longer wearable. So you might have a closet full of items you’re dying to wear, but unfortunately that is not an option available to you during the summer months. Summer is all about wearing light clothing, bright colors, cool shades and all things to keep one comfortable. The sun is out longer, the ability to stay out later emerges and the notion of physical activity picks up to gargantuan gains. Someone told me to stop complaining about the heat, it could be worse, we could have subzero temperatures, ice or snow. Then I had to think to myself: you have a point!

Written By Kelsey Thomas