Don’t know of Diana? She’s a marathon swimmer who–at age 64–completed something that had been deemed impossible. She swam without a shark cage (but with a team responsible for navigation, nutrition, shark repellent, and keeping her motivated) from Havana, Cuba, to Key West, Florida. It was something she’d attempted four previous times over many years, but it wasn’t to be.
Until it was.
Her story is inspirational, humorous, and full of humility.
After the talk, the line to speak with Diana was lengthy, and I almost didn’t wait. But, after some forceful insistence from my friends (“when will you get this opportunity again?!”), I took my copy of her new book and got in line for my brief moment of 1:1 time. And I’m so glad I did. Diana was humble and kind, and somehow left the perfect inscription in my book: “Onward.”
How many problems could we solve if we simply didn’t give up? How many dreams could we accomplish with relentless forward progress?
I could go on and on, but I’ll leave you with this thought: No matter what you’re going through right now, no matter how impossible your dreams may seem, you’re going to get through it. The human spirit is limitless and nothing is impossible with enough determination. And the best way forward is . . . forward.