On Monday, Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective cage, willing her way to a Key West beach just before 2 p.m. ET, nearly 53 hours after jumping into the ocean in Havana for her fifth try in 35 years.
"I think that a lot of people in our country have gotten depressed, pinned in, pinned down with living lives they don't want," Nyad said.
She continued: "I do write all the time about -- you tell me what your dreams are. What are you chasing? It's not impossible. Name it." (read full text at CNN)