Never Give Up

September 3rd, 2013 by Ana Scherer

 

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I woke up today to the amazing news that Diana Nyad, the 64 year old endurance swimmer from the USA just finished crossing the 110-mile passage from Cuba to Florida.  A few amazing facts about Diana and this attempt:

1.  She has been trying this feat since 1978 when she was 28 years old.  She tried for five times until she finished it at age 64 yesterday at 2 pm Florida time.

2.  She swam with no cage to protect her from sharks and was the first person in the world to do so.

3.  She has been training for the past four years and faced many challenges along the way  including her fourth failed attempt when trying to cross the straight two years ago.

Upon arriving on the shore of Key West, just before 2 p.m. on Monday after nearly 53 hours in the ocean, a two-day, two-night swim from her starting point in Havana, the 64-year-old had this to say:

“I have three messages. One is we should never, ever give up. Two is you never are too old to chase your dreams. Three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it takes a team.”

After 35 years of trying, Diana Nyad accomplished her dream and conquered the almost impossible swimming challenge.
The act speaks for itself and there is not much to add to this incredible show of physical and emotional show of will power.  For all of us trying to accomplish our dreams, this is a major incentive to really go for it.
Internalize Nyad’s message which is filled with hope and gratitude.  Hope that once you persist and believe, life will show you a way to make things happen.  Gratitude that comes from knowing that you cannot do it alone and that the more you share your dream with others, the bigger are the chances for you to succeed.
With energy,
Ana
Read her story here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/03/sports/nyad-completes-cuba-to-florida-swim.html?_r=0

3 Responses to “Never Give Up”

  1. Pamela Palma Says:

    Hi Ana,
    I am printing her quote right now and posting it on the wall of my studio. She is only one year ahead of me and a total inspiration.

    There may be some who think I am a fool for chasing my dream at age 63 but I know I am on track. Women like Diana Nyad simply affirm my goals.
    Thanks for reposting.
    Miss you, Much love,
    Pamela

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