New Orleans is absolutely vibrant with life during the Mardi Gras season …. crazy actually.
“Mardi Gras is the love of life. It is the harmonic convergence of our food, our music, our creativity, our eccentricity, our neighborhoods, and our joy of living. All at once.” — Chris Rose (1 Dead in Attic)
On the surface, you would be hard put to see similarities between Mardi Gras and the poor little town of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. But change “Mardi Gras” to “Puerto Viejo” and this perfectly describes everyday life in this small Caribbean town. Certainly none of the craziness that comes with Mardi Gras but a definite blend of food, music, culture, people and their joy in living. Rather than isolate this to just a few weeks each year, Puerto Viejo celebrates this in their day-to-day existence with little fanfare. They are a people who live for today.
We all know folks who work hard all their lives, intending to “live out their dreams” once they retire, only to have those dreams rudely terminated due to major health issues or sometimes, even death. Lesson here is: Live your Mardi Gras every day of your life. Make choices that will allow you to appreciate and partake of all the things that bring you pleasure.
Personally, the exuberant pulse of energy here in New Orleans is a great jump-start but a full month of Mardi Gras would do me in! Whereas I love the celebration of life, at my age, I prefer a bit less stimulation. I’m going to vote for the Puerto Viejo version.
Different strokes for different folks!