CONNECT WITH DIANA
Diana Nyad is the only human being to successfully swim the 111 treacherous miles from Cuba to Florida (without a shark cage). That fact alone stops us all in our tracks. The ONLY human being. But that is just one piece of Diana's story. The arc of ultra-endurance swimmer Diana Nyad's life so far is anything but traditional or predictable. What she has endured and also chosen to endure is remarkable in every sense of the word.
Simultaneously coming to terms with an abusive childhood and understanding the fleeting nature of our individual human experiences led her down a path of chasing unthinkable dreams and living with fierce passion and personal belief. Accomplishing numerous swimming feats by the time she was in her 30s, she hung up her cap and goggles for 30 years before embarking on a goal that still captivated her decades later. Learn how the combination of Christopher Reeves' influence, a chance conversation with a Holocaust survivor, the death of her mother, turning 60, and reading Mary Oliver's poem, The Summer Day, led Diana to step into the water on Cuban shores convinced she would make the swim to the shores of the Florida Keys.
You will be shocked and moved by this conversation, and Diana's plea to live to your fullest potential will both give you the chills and light you on fire. You may re-evaluate the excuses you've been telling yourself, perhaps for years. Like Diana, you, too, may deeply consider Oliver's poignant, poetic question: "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
DIANA'S WORDS OF WISDOM
"What it was all about was the discipline and the refusal to give up, no matter how big the failures were."
"I really am living cellularly with those ideals…that if you want to tap into every ounce of your potential, every drop of your courage, you may not make it to that other shore of yours, whatever that may be, your destination. But, if the journey provokes that much of you, who you are, and everybody around you, to that potential, the journey is still worthwhile."
"I may never make it, but I believe I'm gonna make it."
"I don't think about the end…I walk around with 'I didn't give up'."
"It's about heart, vision, and tenacity."
"Better to engage and be full throttle in this 85 years that you've got, than lock the door and watch television 12 hours a day."
"I have never given a lot of validity to the pressure of aging. The pressure of passing time, yes…I better get busy!"
"Coming up to 60, I was floored by an existential angst that there wasn't much time left."
"You're never gonna get to do this life over again."
"I want to be everything I can be."
DIANA'S CHARITABLE WORK AND PROJECTS
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Closing song "Phantom You" (Brink of Midnight)