Diana Nyad Is A Shining Example That Success Demands Hard Work
Diana Nyad’s 110-mile swim from Havana to Key West made her the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the protections of a shark cage. What’s more inspiring and astonishing than the distance is that Diana Nyad swam for 53 hours straight at the age of 64!
Alas, Nyad achieved the dream she pursued for three decades. In her book “Other Shores“, Nyad wrote that she wouldn’t have achieved her goals if she didn’t have the enthusiasm for adventures from the age of 10. She had since mentally prepared for every challenge ahead, and later in her life when she was doing 15-hours swims it was easier to focus and keep going.
“Fifteen hours of unconsciously doing the same stroke that you have been doing since you were 10 years old. You can’t hear because of the caps, and you can’t see because of the dark, fogged goggles. You can’t think because the human mind is not geared to focus for any lengthy period of time, so your thoughts drift into delirium, and soon, time is more distorted than ever”. But, Nyad never surrendered, nor abandoned the struggle and climbed aboard a ship, because, in her mind, she believed that “survival will keep one’s dignity intact”. What an incredible heroine!
“Diana Nyad is a shining example of the success and happiness that comes from a strong work ethic and exceptional motivation. She said she always wanted to be a surgeon. She would have made an outstanding one.” Manhattan Orthopedic Care’s specialist Dr. Armin Tehrany said.