Monday, December 31, 2012
Sylvester Stallone's iconic character that spanned decades.
I am not talking about the ones when Stallone takes a beating and the only scars are from all of his plastic surgeries.
I am talking about the 1970's Rocky.
Burgess Meredith was fantastic in this role (a far cry from his years as the Penguin in the Batman TV series).
He pushed Rocky. He motivated Rocky. He coached Rocky.
"So I say, for God's sake, why don't you stand up and fight this guy HARD? Like you done before, that was beautiful! But don't lay down like this! Like, uh, I don't know, like some kind of mongrel or something."
In life...there will always be times when we think we are down for the count. It has happened and will happen again...a lot. But you have to get off the mat. "Don't lay down like this!"
You have no choice. People are going to knock you down. Things are going to knock you down. Your own personal demons are going to knock you down. You have to get up. Life is too precious not to. When you are down on the mat...you spend too much time licking your wounds to see life going on around you.
Your life is just like Rocky. You will have sequel after sequel after sequel. You have to see it through to the end of the movie. That's where the real applause happens.
Get up! There is so much more to fight for.