Last week I wrote an article on never giving up. This weekend I saw it played out by a courageous young woman.
Her name is Bethany Bosch. I met her as a child some 20 years. This week her swim of the English Channel made her famous. (She was already famous in the hearts of her family and her friends.) When I heard her original intentions I was struck with “how cool is that” thinking.
I remember reading an article of one her first lengthy swims where she had exceeded the time limit and was concerned they would remove her from the waters.
“I’ve thought about the Channel since I was a little kid.” And she never gave up on it.
And so over the years she built upon that thought. And at 29 she smoked it. She crossed the Channel. Becoming one of the few individuals to make it. Defeating wind, currents and weather, she saw the culmination of 4 years of hard work and a lifetime of dream. She did is it in 17 hours and 34 minutes. (Most people won’t stay awake that long!)
I read her blog, saw her challenges and sit here in awe!
Some of you have something that burns inside.That you hold onto and perhaps others never see it. But one day it begins to draw on you and pull you forward. Don’t try to cover it, but let it begin to surface.
Not many will swim the Channel or run the Boston Marathon as my brother did, but there is a uniqueness about all of us. And once you find that spark, that burn inside, begin to persevere. Do not let others talk you out of it or interfere.
Perseverance-that commodity that seems to be on the decline in so many. Today I returned to the gym. It was the last place I wanted to be. But I am determined to live this life on my terms. One second, one minute, one day at a time. Perseverance is simply “never, ever giving up” and placing one foot in from of another.
I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship – Louisa May Alcott