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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Our granddaughter, a junior at Virginia Tech majoring in molecular biology, is in the last weeks of a study-abroad program in Costa Rica taking classes in biology sciences and Spanish.
She loves the lush country and its friendly people, the clear night skies filled with endless stars, the roadside trees laden with monkeys and butterflies, and the rainbow-colored parrots and scarlet macaws flying overhead in the forest.
She has learned to deal with the insects and snakes; she thoroughly enjoys the farm-fresh tropical fruits and vegetables bought cheaply at open-air markets, salsa dancing with friends, and frequent swims in lakes, coves, the Caribbean and the Pacific. She watched the Super Bowl from a warm beach in February.
Her insights into this life-changing experience inspire even us, her almost-over-the-hill grandparents, and may inform and encourage others to follow their dreams, too. She writes on her blog:
“My advice to my future self is … believe deeply in yourself, make your own adventures, find and celebrate the beauty in small things, and experience all you can, even if you don’t understand it all at the time.
“Embrace this incredibly beautiful life, love both the ups and downs and, though you shouldn’t always expect happiness, don’t settle for anything less.
“And, if I think I really do know anything, then I haven’t learned nearly enough yet. Tranquila, pura vida.”
Our very loose translation from her Spanish: Chill out, life is like a box of chocolates.
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