A Lesson From Rocky

How many times have you heard someone talking about their dissatisfaction with their own life and blaming it on the circumstances in their past?  I think that’s one of the biggest universal problems that we all have experienced.  I know that for myself, I have been someone who wasn’t happy with her life and allowed the past to define and to limit me.  There, I admit it.  I’m not perfect, although if you’ve been reading here, you obviously know I’m not.  Nor do I claim to be.

I like this quote from Rocky Balboa:

“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place…and I don’t care how tough you are, 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 about 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. Now, if you know what you’re worth, go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits. And not pointing fingers saying: you ain’t what you wanna be because of him or her or anybody. Cowards do that, and that ain’t you! You’re better than that.”

What do you think after reading that quote?  Are you inspired to get up and be all that you’re worth?  I have had to reread the quote a few times, but I really like it!

They say old age ain’t for sissies and I’m determined at age 51 that I’m no coward nor crank.  There’s a freedom to embrace when we’re at this point.  There’s a letting go of the past and embracing what is and striving for what we want in this life.  I feel like I’m at a crossroads.  While I will always be a mom first, I’m also looking to open up and to allow myself to be more authentically me.  Judgment be damned.

I am happy with who I am.  I won’t cater to the whims of someone else again and lose myself.  I will love with my whole heart as I am comfortable with being me.  I will allow others to be themselves in whatever form they choose and not try to change the course of their journey.  Help them?  Absolutely!  Share my experiences in hopes to help and to inspire them?  Yes indeed!  That’s why I blog!  But I’ve learned I’m only in charge of my own happiness and it’s not my duty to roll over doormat style and lose myself for someone else’s benefit.  I am a good person and I continually strive to do my best and to do what’s right even when it’s easier to not take the high road.  But I can’t change who I innately am and I’m not going to either.

Does any of this make sense to you?  Have you felt this way too?

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8 Responses to A Lesson From Rocky

  1. LA says:

    It totally makes sense, and I think everyone has felt this way at some point in their life


  2. Mischenko says:

    This is a great lesson and one of my favorite Rocky quotes. It makes complete sense to me. Don’t change for anyone and be yourself! Fave. ❤ Awesome post, Janie.


  3. Mouse says:

    LOVE that quote! I started reading it, trying to hear Rocky’s voice, then realized I was really hearing Mickey. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the movie. But your point is well-made. I’ve been there, too – trying to live my life to please everyone else, thinking I needed to be responsible for everyone else’s feelings and ignore my own. You’re right: only I am in charge of me and my path, and, also, I’m not in charge of anyone else’s path, so I shouldn’t try to be. Excellent points! 🙂


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