Confidence, resilience, and positivity are crucial when facing challenges or projects, especially as we age. Diana Nyad became the first person to swim the 110-mile distance from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage after four unsuccessful attempts, at the age of 64. Isn’t it incredible?
Her success reminds us that age is not a barrier to success. Of course, it’s not a straight line either. When facing tough moments, we should step back and ask ourselves if we have the resolve to consider every single way of getting through it.
“Take every minute, one at a time. Don’t be fooled by a perfect sea at any given moment. Accept and rise to whatever circumstance presents itself. Be in it full tilt, your best self. Summon your courage, your true grit“, she says in her book ‘Find A Way‘. “When the body fades, don’t let the negative edges of despair creep in. Allowing flecks of negativity leads to a Pandora’s box syndrome. You can’t stop the doubts once you consent to let them seep into your tired, weakened brain. You must set your will. Set it now. Let nothing penetrate or cripple it.”
Her path to success was not easy, but she learned from each attempt and adapted her equipment to finally succeed. We should adjust our sails too instead of blaming fate. When she hit the shore, Nyad spoke from the heart: “I have three messages. One is we should never, ever give up. Two is you never are too old to chase your dreams. Three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it takes a team.”
Yes, success often comes just as we feel like giving up, and with the help of those around us, careful planning, and attention to detail, we can find a way to achieve our goals.
Her story (now turned into a biopic for Netflix starring Annette Bening and Jodie Foster) serves as a powerful testament to the fact that age should never hinder us from pursuing our passions. It is a reminder that no matter how old we are, we can conquer seemingly impossible challenges if we have the right mindset and unwavering commitment. Because: “Whatever your Other Shore is, whatever you must do, whatever inspires you, you will find a way to get there.”