In the film Rocky Balboa, Sly Stallone’s character has this to say to his son “.and the time came for you to be your own man and take on the world. And you did! But somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good. And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame. Like a big shadow. Let me tell you something you already know. 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 going to hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you get 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 are worth go out and get what you are worth, but you gotta be willing to take the hits. And not pointing fingers and saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him or her or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! YOU’RE BETTER THAN THAT!” Rocky in Rocky Balboa
And you are better than that. You’re the kind of person who, no matter what life throws at you, gets back up, dusts themselves off and get back in the ring again.
A couple of weeks ago my son ran the London Marathon for the first time. He was hitting his target time for the run when someone cut across him and he twisted his knee. He ran the last eleven miles (ELEVEN MILES) in what he describes as the worst pain he has ever experienced. And he still beat my marathon time.
In my own life I have fought my way through defeat and disappointment, through divorce, spiritual heartbreak, financial disaster and worse. I might write about it sometime. But that’s not the point. I don’t need your sympathy. The point is that I am still going. Still fighting. Undefeated. Stronger. Better.
“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” – Haruki Murakami
We all go through the storm. We all find ourselves tested and tried. It doesn’t matter how many times we get knocked down.. as long as every single time, we get back up again. Doesn’t matter how long it takes. No-one’s counting us out of the fight. Take your time. But get back up again.
It ain’t over ’til it’s over.
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