Maggie Alarcón

Bridging Troubled Waters

In Cuba, Cuba/US, LGBT, Miami/Cuba, Politics, Sports, US on September 24, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Sunset on the way across the straights. From

By Margarita Alarcón Perea

This summer the news around town one weekend was that a female swimmer of 61 was going to attempt crossing the Florida Straights from Havana to Key West. I am not an expert in long distance swimming but the journey seemed quite the challenge, especially when I think of the currents along those straights and how quickly they can gain in strength, not to mention the wildlife that inhabits them.

Diana Nyad is now a 62 year old woman who is per her page on the Wikipedia, an American, author journalist and long-distance swimmer noted for her world record endurance championships. She is also a woman of great tenacity and heart; she failed her attempt in August and is at it again now, going on 26 hours…

I don’t want to politicize this event, although I am a firm believer in the old maxim that the personal is political and that politics are everywhere, and I have not read nor heard anywhere that Ms Nyad has said anything regarding the politics between both nations. Still whether she is openly aware of it or not, she is not only swimming the distance that divides us, she is also proof that if we put our minds and hearts to it, the waters that divide us can be conquered.

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