I Love You, Diana Nyad
I recently watched the Showtime documentary The Other Shore: The Diana Nyad Story. I'd never heard of Diana before viewing the film, but by the end, she'd quickly become one of my heroes.
Timothy Wheeler's documentary follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. At the edge of The Devil's Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all become life-threatening realities as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.
The thing I find most admirable about Diana is her determination. She had a seemingly impossible goal, she had a team of people helping her who eventually told her she was crazy to keep going, but she kept going anyway. She knew what she wanted, and she didn't give up. Her body was beaten, fatigued, stung by jellyfish, but that didn't stop her from continuing. She didn't make it the first time, or the second time, or a few other times. But she knew what she wanted, and eventually, with legs wobbling and her brain all but fried, she hobbled onto a Florida beach, making history all the while.
You have to know what you want out of life, because no one will want it for you. You have to be determined about meeting your goals, because no one will be determined for you. You might have support, you might have a whole team of cheerleaders, but you're the one who has to do the work. And hell, if a 64-year-old woman can finally realize her dream of swimming from Cuba to Florida, yours can't really be all that impossible either.