I Am A Fighter, But What is My Creed?

I Am a Fighter, But What Is My Creed?

 

I watched Rocky II with my son and my wife the other day.  I’ve seen the movie many times.  It never ceases to move me.

For the two of you who haven’t seen it, Rocky is a down-and-out guy from Philadelphia who gets a chance to box against the World Champion, Apollo Creed.  In the first movie, he manages to do what no one has ever done, go all fifteen rounds with the champ.  Having reached his goal, he decides to retire, satisfied, with his new wife Adrienne.

In the second film, Apollo Creed, furious at having been matched by an unknown fighter, shames Rocky into a rematch.  Beset with financial woes and the mockery of his fellow boxers, Rocky finally agrees.  But Rocky is in conflict because he knows his wife, who is afraid of the consequences, does not want him to fight anymore.

Rocky dwells in a dangerous halfway-place, unable to quit and unable to commit.  At a critical point in the film, Adrienne finally tells Rocky, “Win.  Win!” instructing him to commit 100%.  Freed of worry, Rocky gives it all and defeats the champ in a stunning fight.

As a writer I always ask myself what it is about a book, movie or song that moves me.  In this case, I identify with Rocky so strongly that his victory is my victory.  I am longing to commit, and something is holding me back.

The question is, who or what in my life does each person in the film represent?  Adrienne is obviously the fear inside of me, and my Adrienne has already given me permission to fight.  That leaves the enemy.

Who is my Apollo Creed?  Who has shamed me into being myself?  Who am I fighting?

This is important, because without knowing the answer to this question, I will never know why I am fighting, or even when I have won.  When Rocky shouts, “Adrienne, I did it!” I usually start crying.  What is it I am trying to win, and how will I know when I have done it?

What do you think?  What is your Creed?


Love,

Adam

3 comments

  • Kupe

    Kupe

    Good one Adam. I love Rocky as you know. This is an angle I have not considered. For me I think my fighter, my Creed, is internal. Once I find something I feel I can succeed at I go after it. I don't win everything, but I strive to meet the challenge in front of me and don't leave anything "in the ring". Thanks for sharing.

    Good one Adam. I love Rocky as you know. This is an angle I have not considered. For me I think my fighter, my Creed, is internal. Once I find something I feel I can succeed at I go after it. I don't win everything, but I strive to meet the challenge in front of me and don't leave anything "in the ring".

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Brian Saner Lamken

    Brian Saner Lamken

    Does there have to be a one-to-one correspondence? I wouldn't expect any, let alone every, work of art that moves me to map to my life in that way. You're probably a little bit each character you write, or vice versa, and given how shard the human experience is despite the isolation we all feel to varying degrees at varying times we're probably all a little bit each character we read or see or hear. Even if not especially in ways we don't understand… Not that you're necessarily wrong for trying to suss it out.

    Does there have to be a one-to-one correspondence? I wouldn't expect any, let alone every, work of art that moves me to map to my life in that way. You're probably a little bit each character you write, or vice versa, and given how shard the human experience is despite the isolation we all feel to varying degrees at varying times we're probably all a little bit each character we read or see or hear. Even if not especially in ways we don't understand… Not that you're necessarily wrong for trying to suss it out.

  • Adam

    Adam

    Thanks, Kupe! For the uninitiated, Kupe is a renowned blogger for Business Analysis and runs B2T Training. To read his blog posts on rocky, check out http://www.b2ttraining.com/2008/04/28/things-we-can-learn-from-the-italian-stallion-part-i/ Brian, I find it's helpful to map one-to-one, or at least to look at it. You raise a good point that it might not be so. Still, I have a strong sense that I have a blind spot by not knowing what's driving me, even goading me, to succeed. I want to do things for healthy reasons, especially where success is concerned.

    Thanks, Kupe! For the uninitiated, Kupe is a renowned blogger for Business Analysis and runs B2T Training. To read his blog posts on rocky, check out http://www.b2ttraining.com/2008/04/28/things-we-can-learn-from-the-italian-stallion-part-i/

    Brian, I find it's helpful to map one-to-one, or at least to look at it. You raise a good point that it might not be so. Still, I have a strong sense that I have a blind spot by not knowing what's driving me, even goading me, to succeed. I want to do things for healthy reasons, especially where success is concerned.

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