“All of us suffer heartache. All of us suffer difficulties in our lives. And if you say to yourself ‘find a way’ you’ll make it through.”
—Diana Nyad, Find a Way
A few weeks ago, I bought a copy of Diana Nyad’s memoir Find a Way at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland, OR. When I walked into Bloomsbury, the book cover immediately caught my eye because I’ve been pondering a few summer swim goals. My back is getting better and swimming seems to help, so I’ve been doing laps at the Ashland YMCA a few times each week. To be honest, I’ve been gliding or floating in the pool because it hurts my back when I swim too hard. Spotting Find a Way felt serendipitous, and I had to buy it. Intuitively, I knew that Nyad’s message would help me, and I was right.
If you haven’t heard of Diana Nyad, I recommend reading her memoir because her story is inspiring. In short, Nyad is a journalist, speaker, fitness icon, and is one of the world’s greatest long-distance swimmers. I’ve been swimming since I was a little girl, and I’m incredibly inspired by Nyad’s message.
Find a Way is the theme of Nyad’s book and it’s the mantra she used to prepare for her long swim from Cuba to Florida. I’m going use Nyad’s mantra in my daily life especially as my back heals. In addition, Nyad’s thoughts on extending the body’s potential through the power of the mind are intriguing.
I’m trying to be patient as my back heals, but it isn’t easy. I’m eager to get back to vigorous swimming (rather than gliding or floating in the pool). I’m also doing my best to stay grounded and grateful for the progress I’ve made on this journey. Being able to walk, swim, and ride my bike for short distances with less pain is amazing! I’m trying to be more mindful of each moment.
As Nyad said:
“Take every minute, one at a time. Don’t be fooled by a perfect sea at any given moment. Except and rise to whatever circumstance presents itself. Be in it full tilt, your best self. Summon your courage, your true grit. When the body fades, don’t let negative edges of despair creep in. Allowing flecks of negativity leads to a Pandora’s box syndrome. You can’t stop the doubts once you consent to let them seep into your tired, weakened brain. You must set your will. Set it now. Let nothing penetrate or cripple it.”
Cheers to that sentiment! If you’re struggling with your health, career, family issues, or the general ups and downs of life, find a way to make it through. You can do it!