Summertime and the writing-itch syndrome

Aside from the fatal heat wave and the most common of diseases that will pop up in the peak of summer season, there is a rare type of psychological disorder called the writing-itch syndrome that springs from an individual's excessive fear of hot weather. This will result to his or her choosing to be confined indoors to hide from the onslaught of the blistering heat of the summer sun. Such a phobia could trigger to activate a person’s creativity so that you will find him or her suddenly becoming a writer.

Summer is, for the idealist ones, the time of the year to explore the beauty of nature and to experience outdoor enjoyment. That could also mean braving the infernal heat of the sun. For these people, summertime is an opportunity to neutralize the suffocating effect of the urban jungle by enjoying the beautiful and natural scenery of the countryside. It is, for most of them, a sort of like a recharging of their batteries for another time to endure the usual life that awaits them the moment they return to their place of origins.

But the realists, on the other hand, saw it plain and simple. Summertime could do nothing more than just another day of survival but with the added heat which can only make the situation worse. The realist would rather spend his or her entire day making a living than to try to divert his or her attention to things he or she considers to be just a waste of time.

Whatever way a summer is viewed, it is important for us to know the difference between something we can get from it and something we can give in return. The idealists are making a point in using the elements of nature as something that can invigorate their every being, while the realist ones as well are making a big decision to choose to see things as they are and doing what it takes to incorporate these things in the real world.

We have to admit that the summer of 2014 is a lot different from the summer of 20 to 25 years ago. What we have now is an extreme weather condition that could be felt all over the world. Having fun under the sun is one best way to release stress and as a method of relaxing the body but could as well turn into a lethal weapon aimed at anyone who dares to face the risk.  

Doing more to lessen the effect of climate change is one best solution we could find so we could bring back the less harmful summer of the decades past. We could start it right now by conserving water, planting more trees, disposing properly of our waste products and garbage, and going as natural as it can get and be.

Let us make the discomfort of summer as our motivation to do something to find remedies. And just like the writing-itch syndrome to infect a person in this particular time of the year, the intense heat that a summer brings should as well serve as a disease that will stimulate such a positive change we like to see in things.


  1. For me the writing itch strikes strongest during winter - but then I'm British.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Patsy. The writing itch has, of course, its winter version as well. But one thing is common though: the discomfort of extreme weather conditions encourage one to find his or her enthusiastic escape to creativity.

  2. I agree with Patsy.
    However, I am both an idealist and a realist, which means that anything is a good excuse to invigorate my motivation to accomplish something.

    1. That's a good combination, Julia. We need idealism to make reality, as we perceived it, becomes a part of the mental construct of what is transcendent. While realism, on the other hand, is much more particularly aware or in touch with the human condition.


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