I recently took part in an event, and was given the option of spray-painting my name or a caption on my event t-shirt. After agonizing for quite a while I decided to have Pura Vida, which literally means “Pure Life”, spray- painted on mine.
THE BACK OF MY T- SHIRT
Reason? Pura Vida is a Tico (Puerto Rican) saying that best expresses the costarricense (Costa Rican) worldview. In essence, Take it easy/ It ain’t that serious/Just chillax/ Enjoy life/ Keep calm and carry on. If you’re from Jamaica then by now you might have realized that Pura Vida is just Spanish for No Problem, our response to some of the most challenging situations that face us daily. While the reality may rage against such a euphemistic outlook, it is a refreshing take on this crazy rollercoaster of a life.
Certainly every country has its own phrase that encapsulates what it considers to be the ideal life. For in spite of the land masses and seas that divide us, most of us aspire (consciously or unconsciously) to live the best life possible. I will be honest, I’m not currently experiencing pure life, but it’s what I strive for- emotionally, professionally, spiritually and socially.
I will be inviting you on a journey. But if I’m bold enough to do that I might as well introduce myself. So who is Chicajamaicana?
1. as my name implies, I am Jamaican
2. a mom to the sweetest little terrorist in the world
3. a Spanish teacher
4. a fanatic of all things Hispanic
5. an aspiring translator (Spanish to English)
6. an avid reader
7. a poet (who has become far too busy to write even one stanza in years)
8. someone who hopes to start grabbing life by the horns- because YOLO, right?
9. someone who is ready to explore all of the excitement AND tranquillity that Nassau, New Providence (and the other 699 islands and cays of the Bahamas) have to offer.
This blog will give me a huge kick in my nalgas to get out there and explore the restaurants, beaches, blue holes, museums, forts and theatres- in essence the day and nightlife of the Bahamas. The big picture? To extend my travels, be they real or vicarious, beyond the confines of Jamaica and the Bahamas, especially to the diverse and culturally rich Spanish-speaking countries across the globe. I invite you all to come along with me as I share with you nuggets from all of these countries. And when I do make a booking, I will chronicle my experiences so that you too may get a taste of what it’s like to live this truly pura vida.
¡Ven conmigo! Come with me.
What about you? Did you at some point have an epiphany and decide to start living life to the fullest? Or is that what you have always done? What are some of the things be they simple or exciting that you do to ensure that you enjoy life? Share your comments in the box below. Gracias.