She Has WINGS!
Diana Nyad

She dreamt it, trained for it, and lived it. Although she didn't end up reaching her goal, Diana Nyad definitely has WINGS for persevering and being self-aware!

Diana Nyad set her sights high when she decided to swim from Cuba to Florida, a 103-mile swim. Nyad was determined and disciplined — hoping to set a world record and inspire other women to live their dreams out loud. Like we often say at WINGS "Life is full of surprises," and Nyad surprised herself by abandoning the swim at the half-way mark due to chronic asthma and shoulder pain. Though disappointed to do so after all of the work and effort that her supporters and followers had invested in the last two years of preparation, Nyad was self-aware enough to know that mind-over-matter couldn't save her on this swim. Diana Nyad — you've got WINGS!

Endurance swimmer and record-holder Nyad arrived in Florida, but not in the manner she'd hoped. The 61-year-old arrived in Key West aboard a boat, hours after abandoning a 103-mile swim from Cuba to Florida at about the halfway point.

She had attempted to become the first person to swim between Cuba and Florida without a shark cage, but ocean swells, shoulder pain and asthma forced her to give up the swim.

Nyad was vomiting when she was brought aboard a boat at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday — 29 hours after she jumped into the water Sunday. "I would be lying to say I'm not deeply, deeply disappointed," she told CNN. "This was a big dream, not just of the last two years but some 30 years ago when I tried it." "The swim was in me," she said, but the conditions were not on her side.

She willed herself to go as far as she did, and was willing to doggy-paddle to the end if necessary, she told CNN. After the seas kicked up and she was ailing, however, she knew mental toughness alone would not be enough.

The lesson that others can take away from her journey is to be your best self, she said.

"You have to live your life with passion, you show your will, you feel proud of yourself when you go to bed at night," she said.

Whether you reached the finish line or not, Diana Nyad, you soar!

"A problem is a chance for you to do your best."

— Duke Ellington

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