gratitude-a-thon day 211: diana nyad’s cojones

long distance swimmer Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad. Has 64 ever looked better?

The resolve that this kick-ass woman had to make it from Cuba to Florida in jelly fish-infested water, without a shark cage,  is nothing short of miraculous. This was a 53 hour journey. I couldn’t even stay awake to watch, let alone swim.

She said, “It was difficult to breathe, but my resolve on this thing was deep. I just had this attitude of: it doesn’t matter what it is, find a way.” It doesn’t matter what it is, find a way. Those seems like some good words to live by.

As we prepare for Jake to leave for his first semester of college in Barcelona this Saturday, a much less physically demanding task than a 103 mile swim, (although the cleaning of his room is probably close), I will keep those words front and center in my mind and be grateful that there’s no risk a shark will bite me in the ass as I wave goodbye at the airport.

7 thoughts on “gratitude-a-thon day 211: diana nyad’s cojones

  1. You are too funny, and so right!!! Cojones y tetas mas grande!!! So proud of this woman! And, 64?!!! Happiness and safe travels to Jake. I adored Barcelona! You will, too! Vamos!

    • oh jeanne, thanks! it’s unnerving to let your kids go. but go, they must, as you well know! henry sounds like an adventurer. we’ll spend thanksgiving in barcelona. i can’t wait! thanks for the motherly support! xo

  2. Barcelona was fabulous! Great coffee (and Ham and olives and ice cream) — The boys and I spent a week there….Jake will love it – as will you. the architecture alone will blow your mind.

  3. Oh Gaudi…Dr. Seuss is an apt comparison! Does Jake speak Spanish (with a lisp like all good Barthelonians?) Stef told me you saw him at KooKoo…I can’t believe I don’t have to drive to Brookline 2 or 3 times a day anymore (or make lunch, etc etc) happy/sad.

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