For 35 years, Diana Nyad put her dream on the shelf. Her original attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida failed. And after that she stopped swimming. Didn’t take a single stroke again until she turned 60.
Then she decided it was time to try again. And again. And again.
There five total “agains” until she got it right. On Monday afternoon, she completed the trek — 110 mile swim and 53 hours in the water. She became the first person to complete the swim without a shark cage. She did after years of setbacks with jellyfish stings and asthma attacks. This attempt wasn’t without its share of difficulty. She threw up from her intake of salt water and the wind made the sea rough.
But as she told CNN on Monday, her mantra kept her going: “You don’t like it. It’s not going well. Find a way.”
Her message at the end of her swim was three-fold message: “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’s a team.”
And so as we start this week, here’s what we’re left to think about:
What do want? Really want? What dream makes us so excited our heart starts to beat faster, but perhaps sounds so silly in our lives that we don’t dare say it out loud?
Dreams only die when we give up on them. And it’s perfectly OK if your dream takes a nap for a couple decades.
You have a team. Even if it’s just one other person who believes in you and will listen and help your plan. Your team will help you find a way if you temporarily lose yours. And remember, you can always find a way.
Dream big this week, friends.