Summer living, the air-conditioned version

There is tremendous pressure for one to enjoy summer days, especially in a country like ours that is famous for its long, cold, dreary winter.

The media keeps reminding me that I should feel the urge to dip into a cold lake or a splash pad, line up a series of outdoor activities, fire up the BBQ (daily), swarm restaurant patios, move my office (laptop) outside…

And if you opt to be indoors in, gasp, an air-conditioned house, you should feel that you have wasted away some precious moments of your life.

Am I the only one who feels the pressure?

The truth is, I don’t feel that “sunny, oh gosh, I *must* go outside” urge. I did once, when I was a sunworshipper (we did not know better then) and my one and only goal was to achieve that golden crispiness we considered beauty.  Since I became a sunscreen advocate, that bright yellow ball outside suddenly appeared rather evil.


Air-conditioning is no evil

Don’t get me wrong. I do go outside; I am no vampire. But I quite enjoy the beauty of an air-conditioned room. Preferably with a large window so I can see the sunny joy but still bathed in a cool 22C. Really, it is ok to want it all and have it all.

Are you with me?


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