Pura vida! (a personal blog and some pictures!)


“I know the sun must set to rise.” – Paradise by Coldplay

Charleston. I have to give it up for this city. It’s given me a new outlook on life. Charleston is really, really beautiful, and if you haven’t seen the Holy City yet, you really ought to (at least once in your life). Downtown Charleston is very quaint, very colonial, and though it isn’t as big as a city that I would prefer to live in, I’m really thankful for my time here. In a few months, we’ll either be back on the West Coast (I really hope so!) or upstate on the East Coast, like Connecticut. Depending on where I’ll get into grad school, we might have to live apart. I guess this is why I’m so thankful for Charleston. It’s been our reverie. It’s our time together before he has to leave on deployments. Because I know, at least for right now, he’s going to come home to me every day. It’s also been our time to re-realize how it takes a lifetime to get to know someone else. It’s weird to say it, but I’m never bored with him. I’ve been with him for nine years, we’ve had our ups and downs, but, dear God, I am never bored with him. There’s always something new to learn, even when we stay-in on the weekends. And though we’ve both messed up a lot in the past, I’ve never had this kind of passion, this kind love, and I’ve never exhibited this kind of forgiveness and pure living with someone else. I’ve never laughed or cried this much for anyone else, and I’m really happy that I’m blessed with someone who’s constantly growing. I’m constantly growing. We’ve taught each other to keep learning, living, and loving, and I know I’ll look back at our times in Charleston together with ever-growing awe.

When we went kayaking this past Saturday, I felt that kind of awe. I was in the middle of the water, looking at the expanse of the gradient sky and sea. It was like the ocean was opening its arms to me. It was beautiful. It was really, really beautiful.

Luckily, because it isn’t guaranteed on these kayaking dolphin tours, we did get to see a lot of bottle-nosed dolphins! They were really curious and playful, jumping out of the water as if they were showing off. One even swam under Josh’s boat and he almost hit it with his paddle. It was low tide so the water was shallow. It was a crazy, fun, and challenging experience, and though I was so tired afterwards (and during), I’ll always keep that beautiful sky and sea as a memory. I was really happy. For the next few days, my back was hurting like hell because I couldn’t stop padding throughout the whole duration of the three-hour session. I couldn’t stop because I wanted to keep up with our other tour members and I was really, really slow at padding (it was my first time!). Josh laughed at my fiery determination so much, but that’s who I am. I one of those can’t-stop-won’t-stop girls. It definitely gets me in trouble sometimes. But, it was sweet because Josh took care of me these past few days, especially when I got a little sick. We really got a lot of good laughs from the kayaking experience, and I definitely want to do it again.

The week before our kayaking trip, we woke up really early, had some really good nookie, and left the house to go see the sunrise on an East Coast beach. It was really beautiful, too. I’m telling you, this city is beautiful. You really have to see it to believe it.

Sincerely, I love our spontaneous adventures.

If someone told me that I would be living this kind of life when I was 13, I wouldn’t have believed it. Life is good, life is hard, life is wonderful. My best friend, who’s also my partner-in-crime in the nonprofit publication world, recently went to Costa Rica for a week and had the time of her life there. I’m so happy for her. Though we’re apart, it’s so good to hear her voice over the phone and hear her talk stories. Like she would say, especially after her awesome trip to Costa Rica, pura vida! This is our life, this is living, and we’re both living it to the fullest. Thank you, God, for this life.

And I’ll end with this song because it speaks so much to me right now. Pura vida!

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