It was a random Tuesday night, and all I wanted to do was dance. Like, shimmy my hips, move my feet side-to-side, flail my arms with reckless abandon, and, just in general, shake it fast.
And so off I drove, 25 minutes to my local pole and fitness studio. For the first time in months, I Zumbaed (is that a verb? If it wasn’t, it is now), and I heard a fantastic song I couldn’t stop playing through my head on the way home. It was in Spanish, so I could vaguely make out some of the words in the chorus, and it sounded a lot like Marc Anthony.
I get home, open up Spotify, and sure enough, the 1st result is a song called “Vivir Mi Vida,” and apparently it’s kind of a big deal on the salsa charts these days. The truth is, I’m starting to get tired of the song itself, but the translation of the lyrics is quite lovely.
Voy a vivir el momentopara entender el destinoVoy a escuchar en silenciopara encontrar el caminoI’m gonna live in the momentto understand the fateI’m gonna listen in silenceto find the way
Y para qué llorar, ¿Pa’ qué?Si duele una pena, se olvidaY para qué sufrir, ¿Pa’ qué?Si así es la vida, hay que vivirlaAnd why cry, for what?If it hurts bad, forget itAnd why suffer, for what?If life is like this, you must live it
Siente y baila y goza,que la vida es una solaVoy a reír, voy a bailarVive, sigue, siempre pa’lante,no mires pa’ atrásFeel and dance and enjoy,you only live onceI’m gonna laugh, I’m gonna danceLive, always keep moving forwardDon’t look back
Aside from the fact I’m now considering getting “La vida es una sola” tattooed on my wrist, listening to this album on repeat has reinvigorated my love for Spanish. I love how it sounds, how it flows seamlessly from one word to the next, and I miss being able to roll my “r”s without an explanation.
So, sometime in 2014, I plan on going to Costa Rica for a week, probably here, and just YOLO’ing so hard. I can’t wait. If any of y’all want to come, and I am dead serious about this, let’s discuss, preferably via Skype with cervezas in hand.
What are your favorite phrases in another language? My sister, who’s currently celebrating her birthday in Brazil (talk about YOLO), taught me how to say “GET UP OUT OF MY GRILL” in Portuguese earlier this summer, but now I forget