Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Diana Nyad Confession

I have a secret. Please keep my confidence because I'm a little embarrassed about it. I mean everyone else is making such a big deal about it.

It must be just me, right? 

I just don't give a shit that Diana Nyad swam from Cuba to Florida (without a shark cage).


It was a very long distance (over 100 miles). It took fifty three hours, which is about fifty two hours and fifty eight minutes more than I could have swam. She's 64. She's living her dream. 'Don't ever give up'! Well that's nice.

It's just…

Is it going to solve any of the worlds issues that a 64 year old woman swam a great distance?  Are there many people over 60 that want to swim from Cuba to Florida (excluding Cubans trying to get to, and live in Florida)? Is it really a contribution to society like, say the flu vaccine or penicillin? Is it going to call attention to any 'cause'? 

Perhaps Diana could have swam near Fukushima, Japan to draw attention to the danger of nuclear radiation seeping into the ocean. She would have had a nice glow afterwards. How about swimming the Potomac to draw attention to 'fishzilla' killing the ecosystem?  She may have lost a toe, but she does have nine others. And if she swam Fukushima first, she would most likely grow another toe (and perhaps an eye).

Was the purpose of this jaunt to do it just because no one else could?

No one else can stop children from being gassed and dying in Syria. No one else can stop Kim Jong Un from putting ex girlfriends in front of a firing squad. No one else can stop issues in the middle east. Maybe she should have tried one of those challenges since no one else can do them.

In the end, Diana Nyad's swim seems like just another baby boomer ego trip. Why did she do this? Because no one else has.  So suck it millennial's, generation X, Y, and Z. Diana Nyad will be etched into the record books (who keeps these 'record books'?)  because she saved the world cured cancer created world peace swam from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage!


But I still don't give a shit.

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