One week in Costa Rica
Hello everyone! I am missing home like crazy, but trying to embrace the new culture the best I can. I have never realized this before, but as Americans, we are constantly rushing around, trying to complete every task on our to-do list, without stopping for a moment, occasionally, even on weekends. Costa Rican culture is much slower-paced. Sometimes a thirty minute trip might take three hours because of socializing, eating, and other things. The main concern is the welfare of the person, not the tasks to be completed. This seems all well and good, but for me, it has been very trying. I am not used to sitting and talking for two hours on a Monday afternoon, this is abnormal to me. I am looking at it as a test of patience. If you know me, I am not very patient when I have things to do. I like to get things done as quickly as possible and if I can't, I get extremely frustrated. I am learning to sit, stop, think, and socialize, for no other reason than there is time to do so.
I do not think I will be able to adapt this mindset, but I do think it allows me to see another lifestyle. I see that family is more important than achievement and mental/emotional health is more important than physical health. I do not think I will every be willing to sacrifice my physical fitness for much of anything, but I understand why people here do. Paula's great-grandmother I met is 97 years old, so I guess they are doing something right! I do enjoy all of the cooking that the women spend time on. The mothers down here even wake up and cook breakfast! Even if it is just rice and eggs (which is actually delish), it is still important to cook for their families, which I think is an honorable trait. I am definitely eating well and learning lots of recipes to bring home! :]