I know a little something about persistence, and Ms. Nyad has some... in SPADES!!!!! The sixty-three year old, distance swimming record holder and squash goddess (And PREPPY/ivy League/Lesbian Sister!!!), was pulled from the stormy waters, a little more than halfway through her swim effort, on the fourth day. Reportedly, she was, again, dehydrated and jellyfish-stung to a large extent.
Just by reading the information above, it is easy to see that Nyad has enormous character and chutzpa! But what makes her tick?
of Pragmatic Persistence!
"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."
- Calvin Coolidge
"I wonder if people can swim over there?"
I cannot wait for you to answer the question, once and for all, with your delightful, beaming, face--- streaked with your tears of relief and sure knowing that, standing on the shore of the southernmost tip of the island of Key West...
"Yeah. You CAN!"