I realize the perils of reading too much into popular movies – which are driven more by commercial motives than any real sense of literary ambitions. But a dialog out of “Rocky Balboa” caught me mid-riff and made me sit-up and take notice.
As Rocky is talking to his now grown-up son, he gives him some advice:
“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.“
This is truly the stuff of champions. Taking the first shot at your troubles is the easy bit; surviving the hits is what its all about. At the end of the day, it will be the most resilient guy who will be left standing – not necessarily the strongest.
Thanks Rocky – you’re still my hero.