This is Day 5 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge and it’s a Saturday. Most people are not reading and may be just relaxing at home. But, I still wanted to write. In fact, I made a decision that all of my Saturday posts for the rest of the month would involve a story of inspiration.
I’ve written quite a few posts on the topic of dreams before and I have stated that I LOVE the process of dreams. I love stories where people dream and then take action. What is even more awesome for me are the stories where people take action, fail, and then continue to take action. The story of Diana Nyad inspires me GREATLY. If you have not watched the news recently, Diana Nyad completed a 110 mile swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West Florida on September 2, 2013.
Swimming 110 miles without getting out of the water is an awesome feat in an of itself. But, what was even more amazing to me was the fact that Diana completed this event at 64 years of age after first attempting it 35 years earlier in 1978. As a 28 or 29 year old, I felt physically invincible. I was in my prime. There was nothing that I couldn’t do. I could not imagine that there was anything at which my dad could physically out do me, much less imagining an older version of myself completing this same activity. Many people fail at something in there teens, 20’s or even 30’s and just throw it away. Diana NEVER gave up and when she hit the shores of Key West, her message was simply that ‘you are never too old to achieve your dream.”
So, my message simply is that today’s failure never indicates forever failure. Dream it! DO IT!!
What inspires you? What are you dreaming about? Leave your answer below in the comments.
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I can’t even swim a few laps, so Diana is definitely an inspiration. My dream is to travel and I plan to start making that dream come true in 2014!! 🙂
I’m blown away at the determination. Sticking with it until she was 64. Wow!
Right on, Robert! I love Nyad’s story and message. And those who never fail aren’t trying very hard! I still have a few dreams left, and one is to spend a year on the coast. Not as physically challenging, but hey, it’s my dream : )
Which coast are you referring to? East Coast, West Coast, Ivory Coast? 🙂
Oregon Coast : )
I am dreaming of creating a community of online tutors that work together. I am creating the program right now and am dreaming about 300 people at my first conference.
That’s an AWESOME dream!! Keep pushing towards it.
Excellent post Robert. Love your ending comment about today’s failure doesn’t mean forever failure. Great food for thought.
Thanks Tandy for stopping by!