I remember when I was about 8 or 9 I remember flipping channels with my dad and landing on this movie about boxing. Even though I was a mere 8 or 9 I still remember the name of the movie, Rocky Balboa IV. I have never seen the previous Rocky Balboas, well until now, but I have always remembered how good Rocky Balboa IV was. Now that I have seen Rocky Balboa I, I finally understand the story. The qualities and themes displayed by the movie creates something that everyone should watch at least once in their life. The story of how an underdog rises to the top can be a story that applies to everyone as no matter where you stand in this world, there is always someone better than you, whether it is ethically, morally, or materialistically.
Parents often have conflicting views with their child, something they see to be correct is seen as incorrect by the child. This often causes conflicts between the child and the parents as both are unwavering in their belief that they are correct. These conflicts range from small conflicts, when we are just a bit older than a toddler, to larger conflicts, when we are teenagers. I find this especially true with parents that have not “modernized” or have not had much contact with a diverse part of society, resulting in extreme close-mindedness and unwavering perspectives.
We all remember middle school, a time many do not speak of, the dark ages of our lives so to speak. Middle school is a mixing pot of kids with a mental age of 7 while others have a mental age of 14. This imbalance makes middle school a time of extreme awkwardness for many, doing things that we still do not understand today. Today we sometimes remember a specific event from middle school and cringe silently as we think about how immature we were back then.
Life is often compared to many objects and ideas, roller coasters, paths, a journey; what is found in all of these is that life is a variable. Life is never constant, you never know what to expect as you wake up in the morning; you could have an eventful day, a sad day, a disappointing day, an amazing day, to name a few. Most of the time our “neutral” days and our good days outnumber our bad days, yet when we encounter a bad day we complain and pout like its the end of the world. We often don’t think of what we have, but rather of what we don’t have in those moments of our life. Life is like a seismograph, there will be highs, lows, extreme rises, extreme drops, yet for every bad day we have there will probably be at least one good day to replace it.
The modern human race, Homo Sapiens, been on the Earth for an insignificant amount of time yet having a impact that is definitely significant. We are arguably the most intelligent species on this planet yet we sometimes make the most stupid choices. We are capable of feeling emotions such as remorse, sympathy, sadness, yet at the same time we feel anger, envy, and hatred. We are capable of doing the most incredible things, yet at the same time we are also capable of destroying the most incredible things. A few humans are capable of committing the most terrible atrocities, murder, rape, torture, and many more unspeakable horrors. Our species believes in retribution and punishment to correct the wrongs that a person has done, but when do we draw a line when we punish? What punishments are capable of giving the victims peace?
Everyone loves to do things they enjoy and have fun doing, sometimes overdoing it. Human’s basic nature is to follow the path with least resistance, that path is often the one of fun and games. Fun and games are good all the time for you right? Well think of this way, medicines are often poisons taken in moderation. Any type of medicine, whether its cough syrup, Tylenol, etc. is deadly if taken in large quantities. This applies to almost everything, too much of a good thing creates a poison.
All humans have the basic urge wanting, whether this may be something concrete such as money, a new home, a friend or it can be abstract, someone’s love, gratitude, or attention. Humans are never satisfied, it is part of who we are, the richest man in the world may still yearn for the poorest man’s solitude and time, while the poorest man may yearn for the richest man’s lifestyle and money. This leads us to have the mentality that the grass is greener on the other side, that someone else’s life is better than ours and we wish to have such a life.