“Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give…it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward”. Motivating, isn’t it? Well Of course it is. But before getting ahead, I would like to clarify this quote is not the invention of my mind. Instead, it is a dialogue from the 1976 Sylvester Stallone’s movie Rocky. This blockbuster movie was about a guy Rocky Balboa who in spite of all his problems and weaknesses had a firm belief upon himself that he can achieve anything if he tried and kept on trying. That rigid belief he had on himself led him to become the international heavy weight champion and that too, four consecutive times!! However, I am not going to write something deep, heartwarming and life affirming things here. There are other great people for that purpose like Norman Vincent Peale, Robin Sharma etc. I just want to share some things I experienced between the ages 14-18. These were the times I realized few small things but quite remarkable. When I was 14, I remember how happening everything seemed! That heavy rain after a long summer. Those free gifts inside a cornflakes pack! And who could ever forget those epic moments when your uncle brought you chocolates and your sister was out somewhere else. If you know what I mean! That was a party time for sure. There was nothing like “Serious” back then. Everything was just fun. Although, the fun sometimes went sour when you forgot to bring your math’s home work to the school. Well, nature is balanced. But really those were golden times .Oh! I’m getting drifted away due to those sweet memories. My apologies, but I couldn’t
help myself, and I think no one can. But let’s get back to where I started drifting away. So, when I was living my life between those stated ages, I wanted to grow old. I wanted to do things which my father and uncle did. It was really an important wish which I wanted to come true. Those feelings used to get so intense whenever my class teacher made me realize who I was. I was a simple teen.That really made me sad. This was the common reason behind my arguments with the almighty.It may sound funny but there were times when I never wanted to grow up. It’s rightly said, we humans are never satisfied. When it’s cool we want it hot and when it’s cold we want it hot i.e always wanting what is not. However, I passed those stages of my life with the flow of time. Now, if you are reading this then you might as well be thinking about why the hell did I use those motivating excerpts from the movie Rocky?? Well, let me explain when, I watched that movie, I was in class 9th. I was 15 years old then, and those times were fashionable times. Being cool was a basic requirement. You had to be cool to be famous! Funny thing is that there were some really cool friends of mine who did not know how to pronounce “because”; instead they kept saying “be-cows” at times! Well, still they were cool, according to them of course. In times of such “cool” environment now often described as “swag-era” how could I be left out warm and steaming? Absolutely not. I did as many things as possible to become a part of that environment. This was the time I got this movie “rocky”. There is no doubt that the movie was so awesome. Everything about that movie moved me, the fight sequences, the humor, and the serious events. Let me tell you something tickling, I heard the quote written at the start that time too, but I could not understand anything about it. What I only understood was that it was simply, SUPER-COOL, and it was embedded in my imaginary book of “how to be cool in 15 days”. Whenever I was in a deep, flaunting conversation with my friends, I’ll proudly pop out that quote and discuss about that movie and, what a positive review I got from them! Even though we didn’t understand the ABCD of it, but I felt really cool.!
If you’re still reading this then you had either been a part of that “cool-swag-era” or you are just confused and wondering why did I tell you about my awkward school days and my wish to grow up if I just had to tell you about the origin of the quote I used in the beginning??? Then allow me to explain. I recently watched the movie Rocky again. But only this time, it was not for the sake of being awesome or cool. I just watched it, with a different perspective and thoughts. Again, I came across that quote. This time, it hit me hard. It got me deep into thinking. Now I could understand the beauty and depth of it. How inspirational and moving it was, it was all clear to me.
What did I intend to convey through this writing?? What was it that I had realized? Well my reader friend, I realized that after all the fights I had been with god, I had won. The most important wish of my childhood had come true. Suddenly I had realized that somewhere between tom & jerry and mtv roadies, I grew up.