When I graduated from college I was offered my first real, professional job, but the catch was that I would have to relocate to a city that was clear across the country. After putting some thought into it, I decided to take the job and see what the adventure would bring. I was excited to get moved into my new apartment when the time finally came, but when I was moving in I learned something about the homes there. Because the temperatures there are so mild most of the year, many of the homes and apartments don’t have air conditioners.
This came as a surprise to me because I had moved from a place where the summers were incredibly hot, so people needed A/Cs. I thought that it would be difficult adjusting to having less control over the temperature of the house, but I quickly realized that I didn’t really notice that there wasn’t a cooling system in the house. The only times I thought about missing the A/C were in the evenings. I was used to always turning the air conditioner on before bed so that I could feel the cool air on me while I slept, and that just wasn’t an option anymore.
Other than the A/C situation, I adjusted to living in my new city really well. I ended up spending three years there before I moved back closer to home. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything, but I have to say, now that I’m back in my element, I do thoroughly enjoy being able to adjust the temperature in my home. I like having control over that.