Coming back from Costa Rica was probably one of the most difficult things I’ve had to do. Poor me, I know! But living on the beach has a certain cache than going back to the hustle and bustle of “real life.” Going back to the mundane schedule where each day passes slowly but the year passes quickly feels like I’m not fulfilling each and every day. Or at least I thought I was fulfilling my days before my trip; I don’t really feel like that anymore. It’s amazing how one experience can change a perspective that much!
Pura Vida was a phrase that I frequently heard in Costa Rica. I’m going to attempt to explain what Pura Vida is, but the truth of the matter is, people will need to visit Costa Rica before they will truly understand Pura Vida. P.s. the America way to say this phrase is as is – with an R – the Spanish way to say this is where you roll the R so much it turns into a D – so phonetically it’s Puda Vida.
Pura Vida is a phrase, a greeting, a feeling, and a way of life. I guess the literal translation is Good Life, but I also took it to mean ‘chill out,’ ‘calm down,’ and ‘don’t worry or stress.’ Pura Vida was how people said ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ to one another, similar to ‘aloha’ for Hawaiians. People also lived with this stress-less outlook on their lives – people didn’t really seem to get bogged down with the little annoyances that happen in a day. It was a wonderful sensation to live by this concept because I literally took life in a more positive stride my whole trip there. This is something I want to continue now that I’m back in the States and I’m slowly trying to figure this out.
Pura Vida is also easier to live by when you’re living on the beach or in the rainforest, and not in a city. In San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital city, people still said Pura Vida to one another but it did not appear that people lived in the same Pura Vida style as those people on the beach. I’m sure it’s very easy to see why – in the city there’s deadlines, traffic, and stress, or at least that’s how I feel about major cities.
Until I can get back to Costa Rica I’m going to try to find my own Pura Vida. I’m going to attempt to blend my life with Pura Vida. We’ll see how this goes but the ultimate goal is still to achieve my aspirations while being less stressed and enjoying the process more.