In English class we recently watched a little film called Rocky. The movie has received a vast amount of fame and popularity throughout the years and I was able to watch it for the first time. It follows the rags to riches journey of Rocky Balboa, a debt collector and club boxer who gets a shot at the world heavyweight championship. So what is it about the “Italian Stallion” that has captured the hearts of millions?
Rocky Balboa was the underdog of underdogs. He came up out of the blue with no chance at winning. He was chosen based on the fact that he probably would not be able to stand a chance against Apollo Creed. He worked hard and was determined and kept fighting until the end. However, he did not win. Instead, he went the distance with Apollo Creed and created for himself the start of a new journey.
Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.
This quote can arguably be the most inspirational quote from Rocky Balboa. It sheds reality on the fact that life is horrible. We pretty much go through life to be knocked down. If you punch life in the face, you do about as much damage as an ant punching a gorilla. It won’t matter how hard you hit, but how hard you can get hit. In the inevitable circumstances of facing reality, it will never always be fun and games. Hardships in life will come and will be the worst punch you will ever receive. However, we can not let those punches be the end of us. If one punch brings our entire world to an end, how will we expect to win the fight?
Therefore, we must learn to sustain punches. When knocked down, you get back up again. Not only that, but you learn. After experiencing one punch, you get used to it. You begin noticing the way life hits you and then each punch becomes easier and easier because each punch makes you stronger and stronger.