Every now and again through the technologies we have to our disposal today, we are lucky enough to learn about a person that just completely changes our definition about what is possible in life. Now before I get to the story on who Diana Nyad is and what she has accomplished, a though has crossed my mind this morning.
Without the ease of discovery that the internet and all the tools that we have to our disposal thanks to tireless work from organisations such as Google, Apple, Amazon, we can discover people and their stories easier than ever. Without the suggestions created on Youtube about previous TEDTalks that I’ve watched on YouTube, I would never have discovered who Diana Nyad is and what she has accomplished. Yet a lot of energy gets directed by, lets face it, by everyone who use these technologies on a daily basis to complain about the little things that don’t quite function correct with these technologies. We tend to overlook the advantages we gain from these tools, purely because we are focusing on the now, and not remembering that what we have today, was the stuff of fiction not to long ago.
But back to the point,
So it is up to us to make the journey a worthwhile journey.
Diana Nyad has attempted to swim from Cuba to Keywest, some 102Mi (164Km) in the open ocean, and has kept this dream alive for some 33 years. After a unsuccessful attempt in her twenties, her second attempt was done some 33 years later. Diana succeeded some three year later in 2013, after four attempts in three years. At the age of 64 years, she not only succeeded in what almost no person even half her age could do today, but also has the mindset that her best years are right now. These are the kind of individuals that should be trending on social platforms and broadcasting, examples to young and old on what is possible with determination and patience. Yet somehow we are stuck with Kardashians and Hiltons making headlines..
During her TEDTalk she makes a point, that what we see is the 53 hours it took her to get to the shore, but easily overlook the journey of more than 33 years she took to get to a point where she was successful in realising her dream. Diana also points out that it should not be about what you get when you reach the shore, but what you have become during the journey. So it is up to us to make the journey a worthwhile journey. A journey worth embarking on that even after more than 30 years, still has meaning and significance in our lives.