Find A Way

Find A Way

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385353618
0385353618
Characteristics: x, 308 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour)

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lendmeyourears2017
Jun 02, 2019

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

-Mary Oliver, The Summer Day

With this quote, Diana Nyad (DN) tells us just that. She shares the story of her inner drive from youth swim team to mature distance swimmer. This retrospective is informative and inspiring while being interspersed with moments of her dry, wry humor. Her innate perseverance applies to all aspects of her life as athlete, television celebrity, and now author. It’s an intimate view into her strategies that lead to Nyad’s attempts and successful swim from Cuba to Florida.

As reader, the author Diana Nyad makes her story even more personal because we hear her story in her own voice. This story would not have the same impact read by anyone else.

This book was inspiring to me from beginning to end. Through the chapters, she shares her determination as a young swimmer through mature athlete finding a different yet equally valuable set of strengths at 64 years old than she possessed earlier in her career. This book spurs me on with my own modest work out attempts.

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tlcrunner9
Nov 25, 2015

Absolutely incredible. At the end of this book, Nyad writes, in her author's notes,

"Eighty percent of what I wrote isn't in the book, but the pursuit of recalling a lifetime of experiences proved to be one of the most illuminating things I've ever done. Perspective of what was in the end important surfaced. Gratitude for this rocket ship of a life I've gotten to live overwhelmed me."

This book is so much more than the quest to reach Florida from Cuba as an open water swimmer, it is a true example of the relationship between the journey and the destination; the motivation, the struggle, the fear, the emotion and the dedication that it takes to reach a life goal and to summon every ounce of determination that one has in order to carry on, in spite of the inclination (and that of surrounding individuals) to give up.

Through the story of five attempts, Nyad also provides readers with a history of her life: a terrifying childhood, the barriers for female athletes, her difficult relationships with family and her desire to "engage" with her life. It is a true life review and it is beautiful to read.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys powerful memoirs, needs a push of inspiration/motivation and/or understands the journey that is required to work toward a goal; in addition, I must mention that there are some incredible pictures included within the hard copy. For those of you who participate in sports, like running, that lend themselves to chafing, you will not believe what she endured, as seen in some of the pictures (don't worry - they're not gross!) included in the book.

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