Today I watched Diana Nyad talk about swimming from Cuba to Florida, at the age of 64, none the less.  Her story is about reaching her goal, yes, but it’s more than that, it’s about using our thoughts to push us through the hard times. When I was in graduate school, I can’t tell you how many times I cried and said I was going to quit. Who needs these people anyways to tell me if I am a good artist or not. Why did I even need a MFA in art, I wouldn’t ever use it for anything.

Those are the types of stories I would tell myself hourly. But that’s not the whole story. The whole story is that I also heard another voice, a voice that would pipe up after I convinced myself it was time to throw in the towel, that voice said to me…there something here that you need to learn. This isn’t about the MFA, this is about you learning and growing, Jen.

ARG! Sometimes when the voice of reason, however annoying at times, is the best solution to a problem. I did finish grad school and I now have my Masters in Fine Arts but more than that I have something worth more than that. I DID IT! I didn’t convince myself to give up! I proved to myself I could finish.

I hope you enjoyed this little story and watch Diana’s story about swimming in the pitch black water and what she did to get her to keep going. I am looking to share more of these stories, if you have overcome something, something you wanted to quit but instead you didn’t give up. Write your story in the comments below.