“I’m burning up. Can you turn on the A/C?”
I actually had the A/C on.
We were in my car and I was driving in all-electric mode. A/C uses a lot of electricity, so when I’m alone I only use it when it is really needed. With another person in the car…
“It’s on, set at 74.”
Just being on the A/C takes most of the humidity out of the air. At 74, it was almost 20 degrees cooler than outside. I was cool and my fingers were frozen.
“74? I usually keep mine on 67 when it’s this hot.”
In the winter this same person had their heat set at 75.
Truthfully, I don’t get it. People seem to have such a limited operating temperature. Yes, I like to be comfortable, but I think people push it too far.
I’ll admit that I don’t do well in the heat. I like the cold weather. That’s why I live in New Hampshire, not Texas. When irt’s really hot I don’t feel as sharp in my thinking, my reflexes aren’t as good and my physical performance goes down. I get it.
But as I acclimate to the summer, I improve. I went running the other day when it was 89 and humid. It actually felt good until I stopped and the heat caught up to me. Even then, it felt better than when it was 75 felt back in early spring when I was used to 30-degree weather. I was soaked, but that’s because my body knows how to react to the heat and I drink a lot of fluids if I know i am going to be active.
I’ll admit that I like to touch the extremes a bit. I don’t like to stay in that comfort zone all of the time. And i think going to the extremes helps me in other parts of life. When I am out in the heat a lot, moving around and such, it makes it easier when there is a heat wave later in the summer and the house gets above 83. I can stand it. It doesn’t feel bad.
I understand that there is a danger in going out in the extremes. Yes, I am careful. Even when I was running in the 89 degree heat, I didn’t really put myself in danger. I take it easy when it gets much over 90. No matter how much you sweat, the body can’t cool off when it is warmer outside of the body than inside.
It is the same with winter. First, I do not understand why people keep their house at temperatures in the winter that they complain about in the summer. The closer you acclimate to the outside temperature, the easier it is to go out. And I love being out in the extreme cold. I’m sure I’m channeling my Ice Age ancestors.
It isn’t just temperature. Most people I know snack all day and so never really feel hungry. It is good to fast on occasion. It is healthy. We need to have times when we feel hungry. In fact, it is unhealthy to always be filling up and avoiding hunger.
And it goes into other parts of our lives. Most of us do everything in our power to stay in that comfort zone.
As with the temperature, I find that the more I go outside of my comfort zone, the more the boundaries of that zone expand. I may feel nervous, even queasy, doing something the first time, but it is easier the next. It is even easier the time after that. And then I might even push farther yet. And farther.
This is what live is about, isn’t it? If we stay at the same level all of the time, with no ups or downs, no extremes, wouldn’t it be boring? If you are never in danger, can you know what it truly means to be safe? If you don’t know real hunger, can you ever appreciate being satiated?
It is hot here, but I’m not letting it slow me down. I’m pushing past that comfort zone, increasing my operating temperature.
And I’m trying to do the same thing in other parts of my life.
Anyway, the term “Random Ramblings” is still the tag line of my blog, so I thought I’d offer a random ramble ;)