Thursday, June 21, 2018

Taking the Hit: A Lesson from Rocky Balboa {+ Creed II in Theaters This Fall} #CreedII

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Grace Hill Media. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

"But it ain't about how hard you hit.  It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” -Rocky Balboa

Leave it to Rocky to give us a good quote about perseverance, am I right? Over the years, I've grown quite the appreciation for the Rocky movies. They happen to be my husband's favorite movies and so I've watched them time and time again. And I've come to the realization, they are not just boxing movies but a great lesson to live our life by: no matter what life throws at you, just keep on fighting.

At some point in our lives, we all need that lesson, don't we? We might not step into a literal boxing ring, but life certainly has a way of making us fight and we have to learn to just keep going. We have to keep our eyes on that moment of victory, that moment where we can raise our fist in victory...we have overcome!

For me, I have seen this in my battle with anxiety that I am currently fighting now.

Anyone who has ever dealt with mental health knows that it truly is a fight. Oftentimes I feel like those who have never experienced anxiety (or depression) have a hard time truly understanding this. After all, we all have moments where we feel anxious or blue but we get over it and move on. What many do not realize is that having those moments is completely different than having an actual mental illness. For those struggling with mental illness, it's not as simple as just 'getting over it'. Every day is a fight even for the simplest of tasks. It's a fight to get out of bed. It's a fight to get out of the house. It's a fight to get done what needs to get done. It's a fight to maintain some sense of normalcy. And every day it starts over again. And then when we come out of a particularly rough period? It truly is a victory. Cue 'Eye of the Tiger'... we've got this! Until the next fight, and then we start all over and do it again. It's not easy, but we have to keep on fighting anyway. Take the hits, but keep moving forward...and when those moments of calm come? Embrace them, celebrate them, live them. But keep on fighting, I know I will! In the midst of the fight, it's a whole lot of prayer and that moment of victory that I know is ahead that keeps me pushing forward...

Ah, yes... that Rocky really was onto something there wasn't he?

If you're a Rocky fan, great news! The story continues soon with the newest installment, Creed II:

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family's past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what's worth fighting for, and discover that nothing's more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can't escape your history.

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Creed II will hit theaters everywhere November 21, 2018.

What hard hits have you had to fight through in your life? How have you overcome? What messages from Rocky/Creed can you take with you in those battles?


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