Take a stroll along the beach and you’ll find multi-million dollar condo buildings, single family homes, restaurants, bars—all the comforts of the cushy American lifestyle. Now walk 2 blocks inland and you’ll see thatched houses covered by tin roofs surrounded by chickens and clothes drying on the line. I can’t help but wonder how some people are so fortunate, and some seem to be living in complete poverty?
On a recent trip to Costa Rica, I would walk from our cozy beach front property into the small town of Jaco. On my stroll, I would pass by mother’s hand washing clothes in their back yard and children sweeping the dirt that surrounds their dwelling. Now let’s say I was to transplant this family to America. Would the hustle and bustle of the United States really make them smile? Or is the simple life, complete with beach access and perfect weather far more important than living the American dream?
Costa Ricans are a very peaceful nation, as they haven’t had an army in decades. I found them to be extremely friendly and always offering a “buenas” or “good day.” While driving through the Costa Rican countryside, I saw many of the same type of dwellings that reminded me of refugee camp style houses. I couldn’t help but think that the rain here must devastate these people.
I want to feel bad for the so called “impoverished” people of Costa Rica, but I have a feeling that they are much happier than the man who owns a penthouse in NY. It makes you step back and realize that maybe the American dream isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Maybe the simple things in life should be what we all focus on, and we would be much happier.
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