That’s what 64-year-old Diana Nyad proclaimed after she became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective cage to keep sharks at bay. As reported by CNN, Nyad finished just before 2 p.m. ET on September 2, almost 53 hours after she started in Havana.
It was Nyad’s fifth attempt at the 110-mile swim and her fourth since turning 60. This time, she wore a special mask to protect her tongue against jellyfish stings, a key reason for last year’s failed attempt.
Nyad was 29 when she first attempted the Cuba-to-Florida swim. Last week, she said her objective was to show that “you can dream at any age.”
The fifth time turned out to be the charm. Afterwards, the exhausted but happy Nyad told reporters she had three messages.
“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,” she said.
In the CNN article, Nyad said she thinks a lot of people in the U.S. “have gotten depressed, pinned in, pinned down with living lives they don’t want.” She hopes she can serve as some sort of inspiration.
Boy, has she ever.