Too Uninspired To Be Inspired

Too Uninspired To Be Inspired


Bush Fire

There was no blog post from me last week due to a breath-taking heat wave which sucked the energy and inspiration out of me and everyone else in this region.

I’ve yet to meet anyone who can honestly say this is their favourite time of year. Parts of the northern hemisphere are frozen while down south we’re being slow-roasted and choked by heat and out-of-control bushfires.

Living in the southern hemisphere we expect it to be hot in January and February – it is summer after all – but this year has been something extraordinary – and I don’t mean in a good way.

With the exception of a few days here and there the last three weeks have been a trial run for a trip to hell, or perhaps a cruise around the sun.

We have endured day after day of 40+ degrees C (104+ F) – emphasis on the plus – with a horror run of eight days straight during which the temperature didn’t drop below 41 degrees (105.8 F) in the daytime and 28 degrees (82.4 F) at night.

A couple of days of that and the house becomes unbearable, like walking into an oven. A week of high temperatures and it’s hard to decide which is hotter, inside or outside. And forget trying to get any meaningful sleep. I don’t know about you but if I don’t get enough sleep life starts to lose its lustre. My brain turns to mush and coherent thought is harder.

Now I love the warmth and freedom of summer as much as the next person but too much heat and that freedom is lost. You just want to lie around in an air conditioned room and life’s priorities start to shift. Instead of a happy, productive person bustling through your to-do list you become more focussed on survival.

Your main concern is keeping yourself, and those around you, alive. Plants and animals must be checked numerous times a day. Water! All of a sudden it takes over your thoughts. You become obsessed with it, that and trying to get enough sleep, of course. If, at the end of the day, everyone is still alive and your sense of humour is intact then you’ve had a successful day.

When I awoke this morning it was a refreshing 20 degrees C (68 F) and this part of the planet was sighing with relief. The mercury (we still use that word even though it’s no longer used in thermometers) has climbed to almost 40 degrees C (104 F) again but that’s ok. I got some sleep and had a break from the heat. That’s all I needed. And the heat wave will be over by week’s end.

To all the people in the north who are freezing as I write this: I wish we could swap temperature extremes for a day and then debate on which is worse. What a lively discussion that would be, and what a shock to the system.

And to all the people affected by the weather, or the effects of the weather, my thoughts are with you.

For now I say “Keep the Faith”. The end is in sight, tolerable weather is just around the corner and we will prevail. Although another summer such as this and I’ll be packing my bags and moving to the coast.

Keep the Faith


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