A Hair Raising (Not Hair Losing) Shiver

We’re currently past the mid-point of British summertime where the weather gets mildly warmer but that’s really the only change from any other season.  We had a hot spell which didn’t classify as a heatwave because it didn’t last for the requisite number of days, but during that time I longed for winter and to feel a shiver because of the cold!

I’m not the greatest fan of heat.  I used to list my main strengths in life as sweating and growing hair but being a mid-30s male I don’t want to curse the latter.  I don’t mind the dry heat abroad but I tend to get uncomfortable in humidity.  I always view it as easier to warm up than cool down, so I like the colder months.

There have been occassions, though, where a shiver hasn’t been induced by temperature.  I once shivered uncontrollably when I had proper flu, rather than just a bit of a sniffle that people call flu – this was full on influenza.

The other time I had an uncontrollable shiver was sitting on a friend’s sofa when I was worried about a difficult conversation that actually didn’t happen then but did a bit later.  I was shaking for most of the night (except the part when the takeaway happened) and at one point fell in to what I can only describe as a nervous sleep, waking myself up with a start.

Feeling cold or a shiver as a defense mechanism actually has its roots a long way back in history.  A cat, for example, will fluff up when they’re scared to look as big as they can.  This happened to Moo the other day when he woke up and saw a fat man on the TV running towards the camera to give it a kiss! A hair-raising experience in humans is a carry over from that but is now more obvious as goosebumps given that most of us don’t have as much hair as cats.

The brain can, however, override the fear signals when we know we’re safe, which is why sometimes we can also shiver with excitement or anticipation or when we’re tickled.

(Incidentally… Yes, cold feet are also a defence mechanism against stressful situations when we have the jitters!)

So while I continue to look forward to the days of jumpers and fires and central heating where I shiver mainly because of the cold, maybe I need to scare myself more often to cool myself down?!

So I look in your direction,
But you pay me no attention, do you?
I know you don’t listen to me.
’cause you say you see straight through me, don’t you?

And on and on from the moment I wake,
To the moment I sleep,
I’ll be there by your side,
Just you try and stop me,
I’ll be waiting in line,
Just to see if you care.

Did you want me to change?
Well I changed for good
And I want you to know.
That you’ll always get your way
I wanted to say,

Don’t you Shiver?
Shiver
Sing it loud and clear

I’ll always be waiting for you,
So you know how much I need you,
But you never even see me, do you?
And is this my final chance of getting you?

And on and on from the moment I wake,
To the moment I sleep,
I’ll be there by your side,
Just you try and stop me,
I’ll be waiting in line,
Just to see if you care.

Oh, oh, oh, oh.

Did you want me to change?
Well I changed for good
And I want you to know.
That you’ll always get your way
I wanted to say,

Don’t you Shiver?
Don’t you Shiver?

Sing it loud and clear.
I’ll always be waiting for you.

Yeah I’ll always be waiting for you.
Yeah I’ll always be waiting for you.
Yeah I’ll always be waiting for you.
For you,
I will always be waiting.

And it’s you I see, but you don’t see me.
And it’s you I hear, so loud and so clear
I sing it loud and clear.
And I’ll always be waiting for you.

So I look in your direction,
But you pay me no attention,
And you know how much I need you,
But you never even see me.

Shiver by Coldplay

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