I have been trying to write this post for over this week. Honestly, I just haven’t felt the urge to post and I have a new project that is in the works and is taking a lot of my attention. I’ll talk a little bit about that in my next post. (It’s going to be called “Glutton for punishment: Writer’s Edition” so be on the lookout for that. )
Now, if you’re wondering who the woman in the picture is, that’s Diana Nyad. If you don’t know who that is, don’t worry I’ll tell you. Diana is a swimmer. A week or maybe a week and a half ago, I watched the documentary of Diana’s effort to swim from Havana Cuba to Key West, Florida. She tried on numerous occasions to make the 110.86 mile journey and failed 4 times. She risked her life battling the elements and dangerous marine creatures in order to reach her goal.
On September 2, 2013, on her 5th attempt, after 52 hrs 54 minutes, she did it. I cried. I was so happy for her. To those around her, she probably sounded crazy. “Hey guys, I want to swim to Florida.” But she did it! She may have failed a couple times. There was even a couple of near-death scares, but that didn’t stop her. She pushed through and she did it. It makes me think would I have that same sort of drive to go after my dream. Would I risk death in order to chase after what I wanted? Do I want my dream as much as I want to breath. I use Diana Nyad as an example for me. She did so much, experienced adversity and still came out on top. There was probably plenty of times when she thought of giving up, but she didn’t. There was something in her that kept her moving forward no matter what the situation looked like. I want at least a fraction of that. I want to be so focused on my dream that I will do anything to accomplish it. So focused that I can’t hear my naysayers and critics. Can’t say I’ll ever swim to Florida, but maybe if I work hard enough, I’ll shoot for the stars, but stand among them.
From the #1 Rule-breaker,