I’m back from my summer of fun and wouldn't you know it, there’s some great stuff out there to blog about —
Yes, I’m talking about the goal that Diana Nyad can FINALLY cross off her Bucket List.
In case you missed it, yesterday she completed a 110-mile swim from Cuba to Key West. When she made it to shore after 53 hours of battling currents in shark and jellyfish-infested waters, she said she had three messages…
- We must never, ever give up (Yeah, she would know a lot about this one — she set the Cuba to Key West goal back in the ‘70s and failed to accomplish it on four previous attempts).
- You are never too old to chase your dreams (Diana turned 64 last week… that’s 64, as in sixty-four… I’m thinking it’s time to put down the Doritos and get off the couch).
- It looks like a solitary sport, but it’s really a team.
Without a doubt, this is some news that every writer, artist, and Elbow bender can use!
- Right now, recommit to that dream of yours.
- Ditto, ditto, ditto (I don’t give a wit whether you are two or 107).
- Just like swimming, the writer/artist life looks like a solitary sport. It is not. Start building your team today by finding a critique group, joining an organization like SCBWI, for example, or writing with friends at a local coffee shop.
And in honor of Diana Nyad’s awesomeness, I’m thinking that old Beatles tune needs a chorus change…
When I get older losing my hair,
Many years from now.
Will you still be sending me a Valentine
Birthday greetings bottle of wine.
When you've been out for 53 hours
While I wait on shore,
Will you still be kicking butt in shark-infested waters
When you’re sixty-four?
Yeah, it needs work, I know…
But I will never give up.