“What we found in a soul mate isn’t something wild to tame, but something wild to run with.”
“They say the heart is where your treasure is, but maybe there’s another way to measure it ’cause it feels like what you find your pleasure in are things that are bringing you down.”
“I fell in love the way you fall asleep. Slowly, and then all at once.”
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
“The people you love become ghosts inside of you, and like this you keep them alive.”
“The meaning of life is not what happens to people. The meaning of life is what happens between people.”
It’s funny how those life-changing “ah-ha” moments happen when you least expect them… like watching the last Rocky movie. The character of Rocky has always been fascinating to me. Maybe that’s because the story has been around as long as I have. Growing up, Rocky reminded me a little of my own father — strong on the outside, soft on the inside, and nothing pretentious in between.
The final chapter of the Rocky story begins by revealing what happens after all the glory fades. He had fame and fortune and was on top of the world, but as he’s aged, life has taken its toll. People still recognize him on the streets, and ask for his autograph, but the money’s all gone. He grieves the death of his lovely wife, Adrian. On the surface, he seems painfully unaware of his own irrelevance — the world has moved on but he appears to stuck in the past, living backwards.
But there is more than meets the eye.
Rocky seems to have figured out something about life few of us get to taste. He is truly free from the opinion of others — not in the way that devalues others — but in the way that can keep us from ever knowing ourselves, forming our own opinions and convictions, and taking a stand in the world. Over the years, Rocky has become a remarkable man inside; he’s simple and far from perfect. He’s unpretentious, humble, gracious, strong, confident, and vulnerable and real and wise. This kind of perspective is only possible for a man who gives up trying to be what he thinks everybody else wants him to be, a man who stops pretending to be something he is not, a man who is so comfortable in his own skin his very presence invites us to take another step in becoming comfortable in ours.
In this scene, he speaks to his son as only a father can — with love and truth. Rocky calls him out of his own insecurities without blaming or criticizing him. Rocky calls his son to something bigger by restoring his true identity. Then he walks away. You get to decide who you are going to be.
“There is a crack in everything… that’s how the light gets through.”
“There’s nothing wrong with me, it’s just that I believe things could get better. And there’s nothing wrong with love. I think it’s just enough, to believe.”