Sum­mer whingers need to get a life

The Northern Advocate - - Opinion - Saman­tha Mo­tion

‘Sum­mer is over-rated”. It’s a sta­ple opin­ion piece head­line for the hot months all over the world, in­clud­ing New Zealand. And what’s not to whine about, es­pe­cially in the mid­dle of a heat­wave? Ly­ing down to sleep is a sweaty and frus­trat­ing af­fair as you try to avoid ag­gra­vat­ing that sun­burned spot on the back of your arm that you couldn’t reach with the sun­block.

Not to men­tion the mozzie bites and jan­dal burns on your feet and your boozy neigh­bours ban­ter­ing on their deck into the wee hours.

The kids are bored with weeks of school hol­i­days left to fill but all your go-to free en­ter­tain­ment spots are sud­denly over-run with vis­i­tors and there’s not a car park for miles.

You fi­nally get away for a break and it pours with rain.

Ei­ther that or you’re work­ing. Plenty of ma­te­rial there for a “sum­mer sucks” story, but it’s a sad state of af­fairs when that’s the defin­ing nar­ra­tive of a Kiwi sum­mer.

Be­cause sum­mer in New

There will also be tragedies and down­sides and plenty to whinge about, but why would we?

Zealand is bloody bril­liant.

Be­ing in the South­ern Hemi­sphere, we get to start each new year with the feel­ings of hope and pos­i­tiv­ity that come with a de­cent dose of Vi­ta­min D.

The days are long and we get op­por­tu­ni­ties to take on our New Year’s res­o­lu­tions in the sun­shine most days, even if we have to work.

If we are for­tu­nate enough to live in a hol­i­day hotspot, the surge of vis­i­tors is a re­minder of how good we have it, all year round.

This was brought home to me by Kiwi friends who live in the UK but are home for a sum­mer so­journ. They have been en­joy­ing the starry night sky, the friendly in­ter­ac­tions, the en­forced re­lax­ation and slower pace of life, the bare feet, the cricket and the out­door con­certs.

There will also be tragedies and down­sides and plenty to whinge about, but why would we?

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