When people follow their dreams and do things that are just beyond comprehension, I am always so amazed. I have great admiration for these amazing athletes who can challenge their bodies and their mind, and can achieve something remarkable.
Last fall I watched with amazement as Felix Baumgartner jumped from outer space, 23 miles in the air, freefalling and spinning down to earth, yet opening his parachute and landing on his own two feet.
Then just last weekend, I again watched with amazement as Diana Nyad swam 110 miles from Cuba to Florida, non-stop, without a shark cage or wetsuit. It was her 5thattempt, the 4th in the past few years. She didn’t give up. It took about 53 hours. Just once in my life did I stay awake for more than 24 hours and that was way back in college. I can’t even imagine being awake for 53 hours, let alone swimming the entire time. Oh yeah, and she’s 64 years old. Yup, one year away from applying for Medicare.
How did she do it? Is she under chiropractic care? I have no idea (but I’m trying to find out) and I imagine if she were getting adjusted, she’d say that the adjustments help her performance. After all, chiropractic care does help athletic performance and overall human potential in general. We cannot live a full life to our best potential if our body is subluxated and if there is nerve interference present. Chiropractic care is about freeing up the transmission of nerve impulses, the same nerves that travel to every part of the body. If you want those nerve impulses to travel well and the body to work well, then you must clear up the interference. Chiropractic is about that. It’s not about pain; it’s about health. It’s about performance. It’s about potential.
If you read both of their stories, the jump and the swim was not something that happened very easily. It took months & years of practice, planning & determination. Can you imagine what our world would be like if we all did that? If we didn’t live our lives in fear, if we all followed our dreams and never gave up? What if we all got adjusted? I imagine it would be a much happier place.
The next time you are challenged with something or want to give up, think about Diana Nyad and remember her three messages she said when she finished: “One is we should never, ever give up. Two is you never are too old to chase your dreams. Three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it’s a team.”
Those are three messages we should always remember in everything we do. Congrats Diana.