Diana Nyad Made It!

I know it has been a while since I last posted. I’ve missed writing regularly- I guess that’s what vacation does to you. I just got back from southern California last week and have been busy getting the kids ready for a new school year!

But what a fitting way to get back to writing on the blog with the news that Diana Nyad achieved her life-long dream of swimming from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage!! I wrote about her last year in this post where she gave a Ted talk about her “extreme” dream. She had attempted at age 61 to accomplish this swim and failed. And now, at age 64, her dream has come true!

Wow, what an incredible athlete!

Wow, what an incredible athlete!

She is really inspiring. A friend and I were chatting just recently about how we are finding ourselves in the throes of middle age and wondering how to make the most of the rest of our lives and how we can make every single second really count. Are we doing what we are meant to do? Or are we settling, when we jump at the first opportunity that comes along, thinking, “Oh, it sounds fine, let’s just see how it goes.”

And when I read about people like Diana who really go for it and put their heart and soul into something, it makes me take a hard look at myself. What are my dreams? They don’t need to be as extreme as Diana’s, but it’s always great to have a vision. I think Diana’s achievement really resonates with people. Why? She is an older athlete and she has proven that age is not a barrier to fulfilling one’s dreams. Think of all the times you have read about older people doing something unusual, like getting a PhD at age 80 or climbing a mountain…

A good, motivational start to the year, don’t you think?

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