Living Indolent

On November 29, 2010, in Lifestyle, Nature, by Meghan

This Costa Rican capuchin monkey shows us how relaxation is done (February, 2007).

Humans: we like to move it and shake it.

We have always been a hard-working species, and lately we’ve acquired a work-often ethic, too. From too-soon sunrises to night-owl nights, we stand on factory assembly lines, patter at keyboards, and otherwise occupy ourselves.

This is to say that we are fast forgetting about that good, old-fashioned R&R stuff. I spent a month of 2007 traveling in Costa Rica, and from some intelligent, albeit furry, locals there, I learned the art of living indolent.

Capuchin monkeys, with their white faces, prehensile tails, and screechy vocalizations, are a symbol of Costa Rica’s jungles. In troops of twenty or so individuals, they forage the forest, feeding on ripe fruit and tasty-to-them insects. After a few-hour food frenzy, capuchin troops gather into tangles of trees for long naps. Some lay back like sunbathers in chaise lounges, while others put chests to branches like humans might lay into soft bed pillows. They all close their eyes, and a few even snore a bit.

I modeled my time in Costa Rica like them. On one day, I ran to the top of a volcano and back. On another, I lounged unmoving on my own sun chair at the beach. And, when I returned to America, I brought home with me my local lesson-learned: work hard, rest hard. Oh, and eat a lot of bananas.

(This post has been entered into the Grantourismo HomeAway Holiday-Rentals November travel blogging competition. You should enter, too!)

4 Responses to “Living Indolent”

  1. Aren’t they wonderful? I really miss their daily rituals.
    Good luck with the contest!

  2. Keith says:

    I think I know of a certain dog named ‘Junebug’ that lives this life lesson! (as long as there is no ball accidentally left in eyesight!)

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