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She has reached that shore.
On her fifth attempt to become the first person to swim the approximate 110-mile distance from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, 64-year-old Los Angeles resident Diana Nyad emerged from the water at Smathers Beach in Key West on Monday, having completed her goal. The journey took 52 hours and 54 minutes, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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“We should never ever give up,” said Nyad to her cheering onlookers, and she added that the accomplishment wouldn’t have been possible without her team (a support staff that kept her safe from jellyfish, sharks and sea trash that might affect her swim). “You’re never too old to chase your dreams,” she said.
In life, your only true competition is against yourself. Challenges come and go every day, but “you” stays with you. If you want to get into a certain career or use your gifts but haven’t yet done so, who cares if you are starting later rather than sooner? It’s better to start late than not at all. If you want to get to a different place in life, that place is out there waiting. So why are you?
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Diana Nyad probably heard, “You are too old for this” plenty of times. But she was too busy working on her dream to notice the naysayers. Now she’s got a huge accomplishment to be proud of, and those naysayers have to look for someone else to bash.
Will you be the next one to reach your dream? We hope so.