Diane Nyad made a name for herself in the ’70s as a long-distance swimmer. She set several records that have yet to be broken. When Nyad turned sixty, she started to think about what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. She decided that she needed a new goal. An extreme goal. Nyad set her sights on swimming from Cuba to Florida, the only long-distance swim she’d failed to complete during her career. To reach her goal, she would have to swim continuously for approximately 60 hours. So she began to train, even though she hadn’t swum a single stroke in 31 years.
I was deeply moved not only by Nyad’s determination, honesty, and courage, but by her final message that perhaps attempting to fulfill a dream is just as important as actually reaching the other shore.