By Sinothando Siyolo
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 7 of VARSITY.
Spring is hitting South Africa in September. This season is considered the king of all seasons by most people. People get hyped up about this season because of all the beauty that comes with it: flowers bloom and everyone is getting a chance to be outdoors again. However, this season does not come without its disadvantages.
The weather is always unpredictable: Spring consists of moody weather, being hot one minute and cold the next. The day you are free and in the mood to go out and have fun, it may be pouring down with rain; but the day when you’re the busiest may be nice and warm, perfect for some spring-time fun.
Allergies: Flowers bloom during this season, leaving pollen coming from all directions. This always results in many people having hay fever, sinus issues, runny noses, and sore throats.
Bugs are everywhere: Spring season welcomes back pesky bugs that start to come out in numbers to torture us.
You never know what to wear: During Spring, the weather changes multiple times a day. It’s confusing. In the morning, it may be very cold, meaning that you will have to wear a few extra layers of clothing items. By noon, it might be scorching hot, making you take those extra layers off. Then, in the evening, it’s back to being cold again. This is a tough situation in terms of getting dressed for the day. During Spring, one can never be too sure whether or not they should carry an umbrella either.
You never know if you should shave or not: The constant weather changes mean that you never know when you need to shave – is today a day for shorts? If I don’t shave and just wear long pants, will I overheat? Or you’ll shave and then it’s too cold and you wear long clothing anyway. Odds are, you’ll make the wrong choice.
The days are longer: The length of the day increases during Spring. 30 minutes to an hour of peaceful sleep will be replaced by bright sunshine, which means longer days, and shorter nights for that much needed sleep.
The world gets louder: This is the season where many animals become active again – birds sing and chirp from early hours in the morning. For someone who likes silence, this can be too much to handle.
Sure, Spring has its upsides, but let’s stop kidding ourselves that this is the best time of the year.