Did you hear the A-MA-ZING news that Diana Nyad successfully – valiantly! – swam 110 miles (110, folks!) from Cuba to the United States? Yep. She did it 53 hours after setting off from Cuba. She was the first person ever to do this without the benefit of a shark cage (this distance has only been conquered one previous time, by a 22-year-old Australian named Susie Maroney, who used the protective cage when she accomplished this feat in 1997).
Despite the fact that Diana faced sharks, storms, jellyfish, and other unimaginable terrors, she just kept right on swimming. All she had was the power of her arms and legs (sans fins!), and a prosthetic mask to minimize jellyfish stings to her face and mouth.
Oh…& by the way, Diana is 64 years old!
This was her fifth attempt in 35 years to make this journey. Talk about a courageous inspiration. She never – ever! – gave up. We can all learn from this amazing philosophy.
Upon finishing she said:
I have three messages:
One is, we should never, ever give up.
Two is, you’re never too old to chase your dream.
Three is, it looks like a solitary sport, but it is a team.
Here are some photos from this historic event.
If you want a little extra inspiration, here is Diana’s TED talk. Wowsy.
Photo credit: Andy Newman.