¡Pura Vida!

Wow, it has been way too long. And by way too long I mean that it has been since last year!!!! I have not been good, not even remotely, at keeping up with Blooming Rose this semester. Not. One. Bit. But in my defense, it has been some of the busiest months of my life. No excuses though, right? This is a really lame way to make all this lost time up, but If you want an update of what I have been up to lately, check out my Greenville Blog post here, Instagram feed here, and Facebook photos here.

So now for what this blog is really all about: COSTA RICA! This past week, I went on a mission trip through Score International with my GU basketball team in the country between Nicaragua and Panama. While there, I saw many things, heard many things, and learned many things. The reason I say it this way is that we debriefed each day by discussing the things we saw, heard, and learned. Here are the top things (by “top” I mean most profound, significant, important, etc.) I saw, heard, and learned in Costa Rica:

What did I see?

  • Motorcycles drive between and in and out of traffic normally
  • Iguanas, crocodiles, monkeys, and raccoons (these ones are wild!)
  • Everyone living together. Here in the states, we separate our neighborhoods based on how much money we make, but in Costa Rica, money didn’t seem to matter when it came to living space.
  • Poverty and lots of it.
  • Children with faces of joy.

What did I hear?

  • Honking. In Costa Rica, it is more their way of saying thank you to other cars on the road.
  • Rain hitting the tin roofs. Every building was made from tin and being that it was the rainy season, I heard a lot of it hitting the tin.
  • Spanish and lots of it.
  • ”Gringos!!!”
  • ”It’s crazy how much respect goes down the drain when you can afford nice things.”
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Adrian & Me.

What did I learn?

  • Don’t refer to things we do in the states that they don’t do in Costa Rica (or any South American country) as something Americans do.
  • 592 colones = $1
  • I don’t want life to be fair.
  • Happiness comes from God’s will and not our own.
  • Everyone is called to serve, but not everyone is called to change their lifestyle.
  • A language barrier is not an excuse to not make connections with people.
  • A friendship takes seconds to form.
  • I am not on this earth for me. I am His and I am here to serve Him.

Psalm 24:1-2 says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.”

My view of the world before leaving the states was much different than it is as I come home from Costa Rica. This trip has opened my eyes to things I didn’t know existed and lessons I never thought I would learn. If you are feeling tugged to go in a certain direction, GO. Thankfully, this once in a lifetime opportunity was presented to me through GU basketball. But not everyone has access to this experience the way I did. If it takes asking for help, ask for help. Do whatever it takes to follow the Holy Spirit’s voice. For true happiness comes from God’s will and not our own.

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