Pura Vida, What I Learned in Costa Rica

A friend and I were a trip or two short of achieving Alaska Airline’s MVP Gold elite status for 2019, so we headed to Costa Rica.

I didn’t expect much, didn’t have a list of what I wanted to do while I was there. I was in it for the spontaneous adventure, exploring the unknown.

Throughout the adventure we noticed locals kept saying the phrase “Pura vida!”

Pura vida directly translates to pure life, which is often said as a hello, goodbye, cheers, and that’s life — much like how aloha means hello, goodbye, and spreading the spirit of kindness.

I interpret pura vida as enjoying life’s journey. In that no matter where life takes us, we have one life to live, so we should live it to the fullest.

Year-end reflection

As the year comes to an end, I have been thinking about the lessons learned during my time in Costa Rica.

Heading into the new year, I’d like to work on not being so hard on myself.

Whether it’d be a failed presentation or a rejection, I think we are often too harsh on ourselves. Instead, we should accept what happened, perhaps grieve a little, then learn to quickly move on.

At the end of the day, we do have one life to live. So we should accept things happen for a reason and live life to its fullest. Pura vida!