Though the sun had already laid to rest for the day, it did not stop the sweltering heat from beating down on Canberra for the night. I laid in my bed with my air conditioning on full. I was restless, agitated, frustrated, and boiling hot. My usually composed and collected self was nowhere to be found. Instead, a new irritable and flustered me was coming to the forefront. Not even my partner of fifteen years recognised me. He attempted to ask me what was wrong. I brushed him off, telling him to leave me alone.
Thankfully, I had my trusty air conditioner to see me through the roasting nights. That is, until my air conditioner decided to give up. Not even it could handle these temperatures. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve always been someone who preferred cooler weather, but I had never realised just how important air conditioning was until that moment. I could instantly feel the heat suffocate me. Beads of sweat began to form on my head. I felt erratic. Suddenly the words ‘find me an air conditioning repair specialist near Canberra, pronto’ blurted out of my mouth. I’ve never been someone to have sudden outbursts. My boyfriend looked at me in shock and fear. I didn’t mean to yell. I didn’t mean to scare him. I just wanted to find a way to escape the heat, and the only thing that had been helping me had now left me to suffer.
As the days passed, I could feel myself getting hotter, angry, and more exhausted. I struggled to sleep. I was running on pure adrenaline from the anger I had been feeling. I don’t understand why it took my boyfriend so long to arrange air conditioning services. Canberra has so many air conditioning contractors, surely he could’ve found one in a matter of minutes!
Naturally, everything was left to me to sort out. I guess because I was the one who was struggling with the heat, it ultimately came down to me to find a solution.