4 Things I’ve Learned From Rocky

BeAwesome: #332 4 Things I’ve Learned From Rocky

MrT&TheRock

MrT&TheRock

Cause if you’re willing to go through all the battling you got to go through to get where you want to get, who’s got the right to stop you? I mean maybe some of you guys got something you never finished, something you really want to do, something you never said to someone, something… and you’re told no, even after you paid your dues? Who’s got the right to tell you that, who? Nobody! It’s your right to listen to your gut, it ain’t nobody’s right to say no after you earned the right to be where you want to be and do what you want to do!… You know, the older I get the more things I gotta leave behind, that’s life.

I am not a huge fan of movies. I try to catch a flick if the buzz is worthy. I try to look in on what the public is saying about a film. I also try to think for my overall interest and self when deciding what to watch or pay for. Ideally, I could care less about movies. But I do appreciate a good film that is well produced and directed.

Recently I’ve taken a time capsule into the 80’s-90’s, and found some of my all time favorite fighting movies. Now don’t get me wrong, I am far from a violent person, but do enjoy a good action film once in a while. I have to tell you the 80’s-90s are full of great films and actors.

Without any debate, I decided to watch Rocky II, which turned into Rocky III, which turned into Rocky IV (Sylvester Stallone). I was easily interested at the very beginning of Rocky II. The theme music and words of inspiration automatically hit my eyes and ears at first glance. I forgot about the hidden messages about love, heart ache and pain, the inspiration in following your dreams, working hard and being motivated. I forgot about a great film and production.

As I watched Rocky II, I started to think about the conversations he (Rocky) would have with the other co-stars during the film: Apollo Creed (Friend/Champion), Adrian (Girlfriend) & Mickey Goldmill (Trainer). These were individuals Rocky would always talk to/or about. If you really take in on the conversations and feelings that were played out during the film, you could start to think of the lessons to be learned from watching the film. I took in 3 Rocky films and this is what I learned from each relationship:

Creed&Rock

Creed&Rock

Rocky & Apollo Creed:

Rocky III: Nobody owes nobody nothin’. You owe yourself.

Besides from being the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World and given nicknames such as, The King of Sting, The Master of Disaster, The Prince of Punch, Mr. Creed played a vital role in Rocky’s success as a character (physically & mentally). If you watched the early years of Rocky, you know the underlining of these two characters. In short: Apollo beats Rocky in a spilt decision in Rocky I, and in Rocky II, Rocky win’s in knockout fashion. Through the two films (Particularly Rocky II) you start to see a sense of respect from each fighter. The hard work and dedication between two professional athletes show as they embrace in a fight that means so much more than a belt or a status.

Apollo retired from boxing after the fight, and credited Rocky for his work ethic and hard-fought battles. Balboa and Creed instantly became friends, and Creed decided to help Rocky win in Rocky III.

Friendships should never be taken for granted. You may fight with each other. You may knock each other down. You may even make each other bleed and feel really bad about one another, but even if these things happen, you must understand that friendships are built and created through fight and struggle. Friends hold together because of these experiences. Never lose a friend because of a silly fight. Always remember that the person, the human, the individual is more important.

Mickey&Rock

Mickey&Rock

Rocky & Mickey Goldmill

Rocky IV: Going in one more round when you don’t think you can – that’s what makes all the difference in your life.

Mickey managed a gym. Rocky was a regular face in his open space at the time at a local boxing club. From the very beginning, when know one thought Rocky would be anything, Mickey knew all along. He eventually, approached Rocky about being his manager. From day one, Mickey was Rocky’s number one supporter. Motivating him when he never thought he could do something. Pushing him to levels everyone else in the world thought he would never reach.

In Rocky III, Mickey becomes ill from a fall. Rocky loses a fight, and loses his mentor and father figure in Mickey. Later Rocky defeats his former opponent in respects to Mickey’s death.

The importance of having a mentor or someone who can guide/help you through life is important. You may think you are super (man or woman) but you are not. Even those with who have the greatest talent need guidance and help with their craft or journey. The art of listening to others and allowing others to speak is becoming non-existent. We think we can do it all by ourselves. Listening to others and taking criticism is a part of life. It is how we learn and become better people.  Having a mentor or someone you can talk to does not make you less of a person. It simply means you are open-minded and able to listen and apply suggestions from others.

Adrian&Rock

Adrian&Rock

Rocky & Adrian

Rocky IV: I guess what I’m trying to say is, if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change.

Adrian was a close friend of Rocky who simply worked at a pet shop. In Rocky II, Adrian and Rocky would tie the knot and marry. They had a son name Rocky Jr. Over the course of their relationship, they manage to overcome struggles together; Adrian’s pregnancy, Rocky’s fights and lavish life and many other decisions made together between the two.

In Rocky IV, Adrian became a source of stability for Rocky though she never enjoyed the act of fighting. She continued to support and encourage him to do well during each and every fight.

A relationship can mean a lot to an individual. It does not have to be intimate to be a successful relationship. Throughout life we need individuals to keep us grounded. Individuals who will tell us the things our friends and family are scared to say. Everyone needs a boy they can talk to. Everyone needs a girl they can speak with. Relationships are what you make them into. You have the power to make all relationships successful. Having people you can sincerely trust and rely on is important. It gives the person a sense of comfort when speaking or exploring ideas. A good friend is something everyone needs. If you want one, you should start by being one.

Rocky is about facing your fears and pushing yourself to the limit. Creating long-lasting relationships and understanding what it takes to be successful.

Inspiration from the #Rock:

-BeAwesome

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BeAwesome: #311 Mature: 4 Things You Should Spend Less Time With

BeAwesome: #311 Mature (4 Things You Should Spend Less Time With)

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BeMature

OLDSOUL

Everyone has a kid in them. Something will always excite you. If you do not. Or nothing can excite you. You are missing out. We catch ourselves acting like a kid in different situations all the time. It is normal of course. It is something great about the person.The individual. And different experiences that cause different reactions to things in life we enjoy. You do not have to be an adult to be mature. You do not have to act like an old man or woman either (Even though everyone calls me old man :-)Growing up. I was always considered and “old man”. Or a oldsoul. Mainly because of the decisions I made in the moment or before and up and coming event. Deep thinking. Sometimes when you are growing up, you do not think about occasions or events. You do things because you are asked. You get involved because it looks cool. Or feel pressured. Me. I would really think about the beginning, middle and end of everything. I would think about the benefits of each occasion.I would think about the outcome before it happened. I would often look deep into things. I would often say things beyond my years. Being mature to me was about making the right decisions. And being able to say no, when you were pressured to say yes or do things you had no interest in.

MATURE

Fully developed physically; full-grown. Being mature is about experiencing more and taking everything out of that experience and using it to better yourself as you grow. It is not about drinking coffee and wearing suspenders. (Nothing against suspenders or coffee @TheCoolestCool;-) Or. Wearing a skirt. And high heels. That is not the meaning up growing up. Being mature is recognizing the bigger picture and preparing yourself for what is next in life. Understanding social rules. Understanding what it is you want in life. Again. Seeing the big picture. And having an idea of how to get there. Being mature is about letting go of things that have zero value towards your success. Or better yet. Spending less time with them. Here is a list of things you need to spend less time with:

TureStory

TureStory

Spend less time with:

1. Gossip (No time for it. Leave it for those who are bored)

Not a big fan of gossip. Everyone likes news, but gossips is a poor conversation starter. So and so is dating so and so. Did you hear about this. What do you think they should do. When ever I hear about gossip I laugh. It never bothers me inside that it interest people, but it never interest to the point were I want to participate either. Gossip is a rumour that may or may not be true. Having true facts is another story. Understanding the different between the two is important. Leave gossip for junior high and high school kids. There are so many other things in the world you could talk about. Talk facts. Don’t gossip.

2. Video Games (Not literally, but don’t over do it)

Not a huge fan of video games. I have friends that love to play them. And I do once in a while. Often in the summer. Or on rare occasion at a friend’s place. They are modern technology. The individuals that create video games are extremely talented. And should be recognized for their accomplishments in this trade. But for those who are mature. Don’t over do it. A new game comes out. Sure go and get it. Play it. Enjoy it. Embrace its digital loveliness. But when you start to allow it to interfere with your life. Wife. Kids. School. Job. Significant other. Then we have a problem. Today. Parents. Adults. Everyone is guilty. For spending hours in front of the t.v screen shooting monsters. Or playing sports. And. Hey it is okay to have fun. I am just saying that those who are mature. Understand their limits. And when enough is enough. Enjoy it. Put it away. Repeat.

3. Bad eating habits (Eat what you like, but be responsible)

As we grow older. We need to take responsibility of what we eat. I did not graduate with a health degree. Better yet, I know very little about nutrition. But we all have a sense of what is healthy and what is not. As we grow. We need to start taking care of our bodies a little different. Instead of grabbing the fruit roll ups. Grab the apples or oranges. Instead of taking the fruit loops. Take the Cheerios (I know this is hard). But you need to find a balance in what you eat. And find the things you like. So you do not have to go wandering around the store looking for healthy food you like. Of course. Treat your self once in a while. Grab those fruit loops or lucky charms and go for it. But you have to find a balance between the two. An important yet forgotten part about life is that we are what we eat. We need to take care of our bodies. So our bodies can take care of us.

4. Procrastination (Don’t lie to yourself)

I always tell myself that, “Procrastination is the road to failure”. This is one of the biggest challenges amongst young adults growing up. When you are unsure about life and what you want to do. When you have friends pulling you from different angles. When you are trying to experience new things. And trying to please everyone. We forget about our purpose. Why we are doing what we are doing. We take a 2 hour break instead of a 1 hour break. We talk to a friend about a question. And forget about our homework. Instead of watching one movie we watch 2. Instead of watching what hockey game we watch 3. Understanding how procrastination can hurt our future is important. It is something we should all look up. And try to balance in our work schedules. It is great to take breaks. But when you find that instant thought about something you need to do. Simple do it. Sit down and get it done. There is not better feeling then completing something, you thought would be overly difficult. The benefits are that it is over. You’ve sat down and completed the work. Now you can move on. Don’t lie to yourself. And put things off until tomorrow. Do it now. And get it over with.

BEAWESOME

Those who are AWESOME are mature. We have fun but we understand our boundaries. We do things because we want to. Not because of the outside influence. We love being ourselves. And searching for things we love to do and enjoy. We stay busy. And have a purpose for what we are doing. We try our best to please ourselves and the people around us.

-BeAwesome

BeAwesome: #280 Action

BeAwesome: #280 Action

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action– Mother Teresa 

Sharky

Sharky

NEMO

I love Disney movies. Something about animations and the colors. Voice changes. It works. Some people think it’s strange. But for me. I love it. One of my all time favorites is Nemo. Now I can watch this movie over and over. And learn something new each time. It is so rich in wealth (If you look) with information. It is action packed! You may stop and think. What is he talking about? Action packed? Marlin (Nemos father) displayed action the entire movie. Objects. Things. People. Can be taken away from you at anytime. We often forget and do not remember or truly think about how much we really care or need this thing (what ever it is you care about) until it is gone. When you take action on something. Your mind is made up. You have no reason to stop. Nor any reason to give up. You take action and get what you put into your valid effort. If you’ve saw Nemo. You know the ending result of Marlins actions.

ACTION

The fact or process of doing something. Typically to achieve an aim. Demanding tougher action against a thought or idea. The way in which something such as a chemical has an effect or influence on something. Work. Act. Operation. Battle. Take action and keep going. When things are difficult. When possible ways seem impossible. Move. At least try. Get what you want. When something is in your front view. Be inspired to reach it. If it means that much. Take action and grab it.

Father&Son

Father&Son

BEAWESOME

Those who are AWESOME take ACTION. Instead of sitting around and crying. Instead of making excuses. We take action to see the possibilities at hand. The first step is trying. Trying to overcome whatever that is in front of you. The second step is consistency. And understanding your actions may take a hit. But keep going. ACTION

-BeAwesome

BeAwesome: #103 Kiss

BeAwesome: #103 Kiss

A child’s kiss is magic. Why else would they be so stingy with them? – Harvey Fierstein

A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years- Rupert Brooke

Kiss:-)

Be honest (with yourself). A lot of you are only reading this blog (particularly) because the word “Kiss” is the title. And you know what? I’m glad that is the reason. This type of kissing is important. But it today’s society, sex sells, violence sells and everything else that is against the norm usually does a good job as well. But since you are here, you should zoom in and take in the concept. It is probably not exactly what you were looking for, but try to make sense of it. Kiss? Why is a kiss important? Better yet, who’s to say it is important anyways? Our heart tells us to kiss. Kiss the people you love. This will probably make them smile. Kiss the person you care about. They will probably never forget you. Kiss in the moment. Kiss unexpectedly. Kiss for a reason. Kiss your negative pass good-bye. Kiss into the future. Kiss because it brings joy and happiness into your life (usually between two parties;-). Don’t kiss for no reason. That’s a little elementary. Those who are AWESOME kiss. We kiss our love for handwork. We give meaning behind this action. We kiss negative emotions, behaviours, facial expressons to the side. We kiss with meaning and passion towards a new life. We kiss to the future. Kiss

-BeAwesome