In Costa Rica there’s a saying that permeates everyday life.
What does Pura Vida Mean?
Pura Vida literally translates to ‘pure life.’ But here, it’s used in many ways to kind of mean ‘it’s all good.’ When someone asks:
“How are you?”
“How’s the weather?”
A pretty girl or cute muchacho is “pura vida.”
What is Pura Vida?
It’s an attitude. It’s a feeling. It’s all good. It’s laid back. In the States we don’t really have this attitude in everything we do.
It makes me think about how we say we want to live life to the fullest, but how hard it is to actually do when we are so preoccupied with working, making more money to buy more things, commuting, running on the treadmill, and falling into bed exhausted. How do we have time to really ‘live life’ or ‘pura vida?’
We say “stop and smell the roses” and “work to live, don’t live to work.” But it takes five seconds to say these words and then MAYBE we think about their meaning for another five seconds before our own daily thoughts, responsibilities, and to-do lists come crashing into our brain.
We fill our lives with so much crap when we need to be focusing more energy on the most important things:
- Personal relationships with friends and family
- Happiness & Kindness
- Health and Self Care
Believe me, I’m writing about this, but I’m no expert and no better than anyone else and certainly get caught up in the daily BS. And if I figure out how to do this thing called ‘life’ better I will let you know. And you do the same for me.
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Anyone as reflective as you are now, is certainly on their way to "pure vida".
Vaya con dios amiga!
I think I would add your name, Lisa, to the list of difinitions for "pura vida" You really hit the nail on the head with this one! You make me reflect on my life so far and there is so much more behind me now than in front of me. I may be your Mom, but I can surely learn from you and will carry your words with me always.
PURA VIDA, my munchkin!!
Lately I've been comparing myself to my friends and realizing that I don't have the huge house, the fancy cars, the plasma tvs like they do (material stuff) and it was kinda depressing… until I started reading your blog. And realized that I already have all that I really need to be happy. Thanks 🙂