“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.”
-Alan Keightley

Pura Vida

Pura vida is the phrase that embodies Costa Rican culture. It doesn’t really have one meaning, but is used to say “full of life”, “this is living!”, “going great”, “real living”, “Awesome!” or “cool!” (according to Wikipedia). It’s used as a greeting, as goodbye, as you’re welcome, as how are you doing…l as everything. The phrase just is.

The Good Life

I spent only three full days in Costa Rica, but it felt like it easily could have been a week or more. I originally thought today’s post would be about the things we did and we saw, but how I felt was all I could think about as I began to write. The small taste of pura vida was both rejuvenating and heartbreaking at the same time.

I’ve talked a lot about change in the past and this has just reinforced where I want to end up. I still feel completely lost on the means to achieve it, but the fact that I’m heading in the right direction is reinforced every day.

As we rode the bus through the Costan Rican rainforest on the second day, meandering along the mountains with the cool air whipping through the open windows, my heart suddenly felt very, very full. I felt content to sit there and stare out the window as time slipped by, knowing that was moment and I was happy to just be.

And so I move onward, wherever the next bus might take me.

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