NEW YORK (KPLR) – A search for inspiration, leads Larry Mendte to the sea.
The lesson we could all learn from Diana Nyad, the grandma who fulfilled her goal, after five tries.
Through the thick fog of war, tragedy and gloom that dominates the news, only a story of the human spirit that compels individual achievement can break through.
Thank god for Diana Nyad.
She became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.
It is not as much the achievement as the incredible perseverance and determination.
She tried 5 times in the last 35 years and finally at the age of 64 she caught up to her dream.
Think of that the next time you feel dejected, the next time you give up, Diana Nyad is now immortal not as a record holderbut as an example never to give up.
That`s what she taught us.
She also taught us something else.
Diana Nyad did not use a shark cagebut she did cover her body with nylon and her face with a mask for fear of jellyfish.
And she is right.
You are 30 times more likely to be killed by a jellyfish in the ocean than a shark.
Diana Nyad was specifically worried about the box jellyfish.
It is the most venomous creature alive and is three times more deadly than a shark, its long tentacles are almost invisible they can wrap around you and then it quickly uncoils small stingers that shoot out faster than a bullet from a gun.
If you don`t die and most people don`t; because they are rushed to the hospital, the pain can be unbearable.
The only reason we are not afraid of the #1 killer in the ocean is because Steven Spielberg didn`t make a movie about it, that and they are almost exclusively to the south of the United States.
So I want to thank Diana Nyad for her inspiration.
But I didn`t know whether to thank her or curse her for giving me something else to be afraid of when I go in the water.
I`m Larry Mendte.