It’s 3:30 in the morning (yes, I should be sleeping), and I’m wide awake. The only light on is behind me in the kitchen. The house is quiet and so is the farm. The day will start in earnest in another hour or so – the animals will start waking up and the sun will rise. I’ve been catching up on reading the news and my favorite non-business related blogs.
The early morning quiet inspires me to write. Not necessarily a story, but whatever comes to mind. The quiet inspires me to be creative. It makes me look and find inspiration from all sorts of places.
Yesterday, I came across the inspiring story of Diana Nyad. Diana is 61 years old and a long distance, in the ocean, swimmer. She was attempting to swim 103 miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. She started this part of her journey Sunday at dusk. While I know she was pursuing this swim for herself, she also wanted to inspire women (and men, of all ages) to live an active life. She said, “I’m almost 62 years old…. I’m standing here at the prime of my life; I think this is the prime, when one reaches this age. You still have a body that’s strong, but now you have a better mind.”
She wanted to inspire people to “reach beyond their grasp” and be courageous to take a risk, for the first time or maybe again. This was her “again.” The first time she attempted this was in 1978. She was blown horribly off-course in her first attempt and no amount of course correction would have allowed her to complete her goal.
Early this morning, almost half-way and 29 hours into her goal, Diana called the swim off. They had gone off course (not as much as her first attempt) and she was sick. It was her decision. Of course, she wanted to complete this — her 2nd attempt and yes, she is disappointed.
She doesn’t look at this as a failure. She looks at this as success. Why? It was always about the attempt, it was about inspiring others to reach further, and the courage to try. The fact is – she tried. To me, that is priceless.
I believe she was successful. Her journey to today grabbed people’s’ attention world-wide. She has inspired not only her age group, but all age groups with her journey. She has asked us to be courageous and to take a risk, to try.
I know she has inspired me to “reach beyond my grasp” …to take a risk with my writing. After all, it starts with the attempt , doesn’t it? If we don’t try, we never know what we may do and whom we may inspire along the way.
Thank you Diana for inspiring me and others with your courage and your journey.
What inspires you to “reach beyond your grasp?”