As a kid, there was a saying I heard that goes along these lines: Southerners move so slow because it’s too hot to move any faster; Northerners move so fast because it’s too cold not to!
Having lived in both the north and the south, I can attest to the truth of this statement. When I was in Florida, Georgia, and the like, on steamy summer days I found my pace to be a bit more leisurely – both in walk and in talk. Conversely, when I’m in Minneapolis, Chicago, and other northern cities, on bitter winter days I find I can’t move fast enough! Everything is run-run-run!
Well, today is a bit of a kooky one. I’m in a northern state that has suddenly adopted a southern climate; a heat wave settled in yesterday, and today my fellow citizens and I experienced 91 degree (F) heat, but with 71% (and climbing) humidity – that yielded a heat index temp of 107 degrees. Wow.
So today, I got to be a bit of a Southern girl; I did things nice and slow. I dialed down my activity level, and took my sweet time with the tasks I did engage in – and it was really quite lovely to give myself permission to just… relax. Rest. Go slow.
Of course, the air conditioning helped dramatically, too. :)