Never Give Up; Never Stop Dreaming

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“One is, we should never, ever give up. Two is, you’re never too old to chase your dream. Three is, it looks like a solitary sport, but it is a team.”  ~Diana Nyad

Diana is the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark tank.  She’s also a 64-year-old grandmother.


The badassiest athlete in the world is a grandmama and honestly, I’m not surprised.

Women are tough.  Women are resilient.  Women do not like being told they can’t do something.

As a woman in my 50s, and a lifelong runner, I feel stronger than I have ever felt in my life.  I have deep endurance, a strong body, but most importantly I have a mind that has been honed through years of motherhood to power through the toughest of situations and a will that refuses to be bowed.

As Diana said post-historic swim, “My mantra was ‘find a way’.”


Find a way.

I have written before about following a dream at my age.  It isn’t an easy thing to do at any age, but not following where your heart is leading is worse.  To follow means sacrifice.  You will suffer.  Diana suffered.  Those around you may suffer.

Do it anyway.

If Diana’s triumph doesn’t inspire you to cast aside your fear, or if you’re more like me and your fear rides shotgun along the way, I certainly cannot offer you anything to ease your journey, for whatever may be holding you back from fulfilling your dream.  My victories have been smaller in scope, but large enough for me.

There is a reason why folks like to talk about their dreams instead of acting on them: it’s easier.

To act upon a dream means fighting, flailing, sinking, hoping, praying and charging into the battlefield.  You’re gonna have to dig deep; you gonna find out what you’re made of. You may fail, you may face embarrassment, or you might, like Diana, after more attempts than you’d like, succeed.

Wouldn’t that be something!

As a long distance runner, pain and suffering are my constant companions.  The great challenge is mind over body.  When I feel thisclose to broken, I take another step, and then another, and even more still.  The simple act of continuing, of fighting through and overcoming the part of me that thinks I can’t, teaches me I can.  Each I can leads to renewed faith, to deeper strength, to finding my way.

The idea of never giving up no matter my age is also the reason I face my fear every morning, as I sit in front of my computer and live this dream of making a place of community for you and me here at OMT!

I know if Diana had the opportunity, she’d encourage you: find a way.  I encourage you: find your way.

Don’t let age excuse you.  Don’t let being a grandmother excuse you.  Embrace those badges of life, let them now serve you as you have served so many others, and together, let’s never, ever give up on chasing our dreams.

Never Give Up; Never Stop Dreaming(Photo Credit: Scott Tucker)

Running on pure adrenalin through the suffering: mile 26.1, with .1 to go.

Find a way, my babies; chase your dreams.


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  1. Such an inspiring post! This couldn’t come at a better time for me – I am a new runner and running my first 5K next weekend and tomorrow I have a meeting with a business mentor about an idea I want to pursue. In both cases, you’ve given me a bit of a push – to keep on running and finish that race, and to not be afraid of failure or embarrassment. I recently watched an interview where a women said her biggest reason for success in business is that she was taught to fail – if she didn’t fail, she didn’t try enough.

    Thanks for sharing! I have a new link up, Tips and Tricks Tuesday, for people sharing and seeking health and fitness advice and this would be a great post to share!


    • Kristin…thank you! Finish that race! Pursue that idea! I’ll let you in on something: I have sponsors (big ones) for my next half-marathon and I’m injured, meaning I may not be able to run. I feel like I’m letting folks down, but there is nothing I can do but my best…even if my best means I’m gonna fail. I’ve lived long enough to know that failing can be a gift of wisdom. Don’t worry about the race, just charge forward.

  2. This is a great post, its so easy just to give up on things. I’m subscribing via email, I love your writing style. Thanks so much for stopping by chapter37!

  3. I saw her interview on Good Morning America and was definitely inspired. Dedicating my afternoon run to her (and you)!

  4. Love this! I used to run when I was younger but hips and knees just hated that! I’m a swimmer now and I find it a great equalizer. I’m proud of my age and that my lane companions are always amazed when I pop my not-so-young-anymore face up out of the water and it’s evident I am not even close to their age.

    Diana Nyad is an inspiration and I cried when she made it and when she spoke about it. I don’t mind getting older. I embrace it and am proud that I am about to cross a major threshold of living on this planet feeling so spunky.

    Best wishes to you on your continuing journey of endurance and dreams. Thank you for this wonderful post. It’s good to know you.
    All the best ~ Denise

    • Best comment of the day (wish there was a ribbon to award!). Thank you for sharing your badassiness. I love amazing and shocking younger folks by debunking what they may think it means to be an athlete later in life.

      Keep on dreamin’, momma!

  5. Amen.

  6. Minnesota Farm Living says

    I think all of us women need to hear those words! Great post!


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