Find A Way - Diana Nyad's Story

This year the mantra is, "Find A Way." - Diana Nyad

We've all heard the quote, 'Life's about the journey, not the destination.' If you're ready to go on an epic and inspiring journey you must watch Diana Nyad's TED Talk: Never, Ever Give Up here.

Most of us know who Diana is. At 63 years old she attempted to swim from Cuba to Key West for the fifth time. And she did it. You can look at this one event and think, wow, that's amazing, but her journey didn't begin with one event. She set a women's record in 1974 swimming the 22 mile Bay of Naples race in 8 hours, 11 minutes. She swam around the island of Manhattan, 28 miles, in under 8 hours in 1975. She first attempted to swim from Cuba to Key West in 1978, making it 76 miles before she was pulled out due to strong winds pushing her off-course. In 1979 she swam 102 miles from the Bahamas to Florida without the aid of a shark cage. 

Her second attempt to swim from Cuba to Key West was in 2011, 33 years after her first attempt. She swam for 29 hours before having to abandon the swim due to strong currents, winds, and an asthma flare up. 

The third attempt was about a month later in 2011, but she had to stop after 41 hours - 67 nautical miles - due to jellyfish and Portuguese man-of-war stings and currents pushing her off course.

Her fourth attempt was a year later in 2012, but again had to stop due to nine jellyfish stings and storms.

The fifth attempt began on August 31, 2013. 53 hours later, she reached Key West, 110 miles from Havana.

She quotes Socrates in her talk saying, 'To be is to do. So I don't stand up and say, don't ever give up. I didn't give up, and there was action behind those words.'

When you feel like you just can't accomplish something, or you just can't make something happen, just think of Diana. It took her 35 years, and she doesn't regret a single second of her journey.