Saturday, January 20, 2007

Gonna Fly Now

I stood in line for Rocky Balboa last night. I'd been looking forward to it since last July, but the real reason I needed to see the film as soon as it opened in the UK was that my brother has bought a boxed set of the first five Rocky movies as a motivational tool to augment his triathlon training and I needed to get one up on him.

It is a good movie. Burt Young as Paulie is as brilliant as ever, and the script cleverly resonates with and updates the original film, but what I can really use at the moment is inspiration like:

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.
That's how winning is done.
That is going to be worth a few more seconds and yards when my legs feel like lead, my lungs are fit to bust, and somebody has sandpapered my throat.

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