Third time’s a charm, but for Diana Nyad, it was the fifth time that was a charm for her. The 64-year-old finally achieved her life-long ambition this week after she earned the honour of being the first person to swim 110 miles from Cuba across to Florida without the aid of a shark cage. It took her a total of 53 hours along with dehydration, sunburn and bruising from the silicone face mask she wore as a form of protection against jellyfish stings, which deter her last two attempts.

So far, Diana’s achievement has been described as “historic”, “marvellous” and “inspiring”. Those who watched her swim on television from their homes can also considering adding “baffling” to that list. For Diana, it is way more than all of those. She has been trying to accomplish this long and quite possibly overdue achievement for the past three decades. Yes, you heard that right, thirty years. In fact, more than thirty years. Her first attempt at the swim dates all the way back to 1978 when she was only 28 years of age. Since then, she has been trying and falling short on four separate occasions before finally accomplishing it in her fifth attempt.

Aside from accomplishing her dream, Diana also wants to inspire the over-60s by proving to them that it is never too late to realise one’s dreams. Swimming from Cuba to Florida is definitely not the type of achievement that most individuals would include in their Things To Do Before You Turn 64 bucket list. The typical reason being that it is absolutely “pointless” as it won’t help to pay off the mortgage, assist in a promotion at work or improve the life of one’s family. However, this is the very essence of what makes it so inspiring too. Diana Nyad’s single-minded dedication acts as a form of a reminder to us of how many other numerous exciting things beyond the narrow scope of success might be achieved in a lifetime. If you just wake up one morning and decide that you’re going to get something done, you eventually will through perseverance, even if it might be thirty years later. For more of the story, you can check it out here.

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