My excuse for still loving ROCKY… Do I need one?

“In the warriors code
There’s no surrender
Though his body says stop
His spirit cries – never!
Deep in our soul
A quiet ember
Know it’s you against you
It’s the paradox
That drives us on
It’s a battle of wills
In the heat of attack
It’s the passion that kills
The victory is yours alone”

–from Burning Heart song, Survivor
rocky torsoDo I need to an excuse for still loving ROCKY?
I freely admit it here, is that enough?
Has my boot-shaped heritage all these years, made me swear allegiance to Stallone?
Are the gloves off because my father and brother are former college pugilists?
Will bulging biceps and baritone voices forever titillate my girlish senses?
Do I remain under the influence of the ROCKY poster–
tacked long ago in my purple bedroom?
Win or lose, “just go the distance…”
Has this underdog’s remarkable tale, present through almost every phase of my life,
given me the strength to keep moving forward?
(queue Rocky’s Theme)
Perhaps it is much simpler than that–
Rocky Balboa has been a warm-hearted friend, sometimes simple, often silly,
but endearingly life-affirming.
and that’s my excuse…

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 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.. It’s how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.

Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not point fingers and blame other people. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!” – Rocky Balboa

muscle torso – sketched a few weeks back
(truth-to this day I often workout to the Rocky soundtrack – Yo, don’t judge me ;))


19 thoughts on “My excuse for still loving ROCKY… Do I need one?

  1. I don’t think any excuses are necessary, AnnMarie. We use what we use to go stay in the game and to move forward. If it’s Rocky for you, then that’s great. I think the song lyrics and the movie quote says it all, shows exactly why Rocky is so important for you. Never apologize, 🙂


  2. Okay……well….I must say….I’m sitting here wondering what to write. We’ve been connected on soooo many things 🙂 But true friends (even cyber ones) do diverge off in different directions a bit, right? I read the title quickly, and saw the drawing and couldn’t figure it out…I thought you meant your dog! 🙂 And then I read on.
    Okay….I do get the “Rocky Theme” in terms of fighting on to live another day, to face life’s challenges, to get up when you’re punched down, to have the courage to continue. And the theme song — I sure can feel the pulse of it even as I write this and can “feel” very well how that could pulsate to a workout (might have to try that). But — and here as where we diverge — I couldn’t stomache the movie or any of the sequels or any movies about boxing — the sight of the fighting, in a ring, with people cheering….and witness to the blood etc. Too much for me. As my daughter says to me though, “Every movie can’t be the Sound of Music, mom!” I never could watch cowboy shows when I was little because I hated seeing the horses pulled up by their necks and then falling down in the “fight/shooting” scenes. So there you go!
    BUT all that said, again, the Rocky Theme I appreciate….just can watch it 😦
    So — we’ll agree that when we finally do get together for coffee some day (or wine!), we’ll put on the good ole music from the big bands and the crooners and our visual stimulation will be our hands, gesturing away in grand conversation! We’ll forgo the movies. 🙂


    • I’m always up for big bands and brew!
      I think my tomboy days have stayed with me always. When we were little, every night after dinner, my dad would go down to the basement and hit the heavy bag. My brother – at one point – was a Golden Gloves champ in Miami…
      I understand what you’re saying about the violence. Funny, now that you’re making me think about it – I don’t go out of my way to ever watch violent movies – (except of course my monster movies) but I can’t stomach people on people violence – don’t like slasher films at all, can’t handle Tarantino movies… I think I handle the Rocky flicks well because I adore the concept. Don’t worry, when someday we get together for coffee, I won’t take a swing at ya 😉

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