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I Can't Swim But...

By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter 

Pixel-1 A bit of inspiration for your Friday.   

Pixel-1 NYT: Swimming from Cuba to Key West

Web-ibc-swimmin_1299186cl-3 ...103 miles...without leaving the water...with sharks...at 61.

"She is up against the most outlandish, outrageous, unbelievable physical endurance activity of, certainly, my lifetime,” said Steven Munatones, a champion open-water swimmer...'Especially,' he added, 'at her age.'

Her age is 61."

I admit, the mere mention of the sharks totally freaks me out. And, at best I can dog paddle.  However, as you read on...any of us can relate, particularly us older femmes. 

“This is what I need to remedy my malaise,” Ms. Nyad said. “I need commitment to take over. That level of commitment has such a high. There is no thinking about regrets or what will I do with the rest of my life. I’m immersed in the everyday, full tilt. It’s so energizing.”

Ms. Nyad no longer swims in anger, as she did in her youth, when she was working through the sexual abuse she said she suffered as a teenager. Now, she said, she swims in awe of the world around her.

I see something awe inspiring every day, even here on dry land.  For example, on a mundane, very slow walk this a.m. with my 80-year-old mother. Hey! We saw - how appropriate - a really big snail...and the mountains looked lovely.

If you're not in a awe mood, there is is also this:

Dr. Michael J. Joyner, a professor of anesthesiology and exercise research at the Mayo Clinic, agrees that older athletes, particularly superb ones, do well in endurance sports, because experience and training can offset the need for speed

Yeah. Baby!  Happy Friday to one and all, at whatever speed you're moving today.  





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Deborah Connolly

Great inspiration here! Love the fact that she was able to transform her intention behind the commitment into a more evolved place. That is the best way to lead yourself to happiness.

-Deborah Connolly
Creative Leadership Coaching

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