Have you ever felt like life keeps beating you down? Been dealt a bad hand? Had your heartbroken? Fallen ill with no support? Or perhaps hard financial times have knocked on your door more than once? The light that paves the way towards your dream has all but faded?
Yep, that’s what I thought…
Now think about a time when you were able to jump over that hurdle, cross that bridge and win the fight or know someone who did. How did you or they do it?
Chances are, someone was in your corner and you had the will to get back up. I used to think growing up and as a young adult that I could handle all of life’s challenges on my own. Man, was I wrong! Most often, it was lack of trust in others, my own pride and stubborn ways that kept me from accepting help or support- I. needed. no one.
I finally came to my senses that the only way I could overcome my obstacles, serve a purpose other than myself and strive to reach my dreams was two fold- work hard and have a team of supportive people by my side. We are not alone in the fight.
This is not to say that everyone should throw the towel in and rescue you from yourself and your troubles- struggle can bring tremendous personal growth. This is never more true right now than with my teenage daughter who wants everyone to give and do everything for her(yes, the word entitlement comes to mind). However, I am her Mickey- she just doesn’t realize it- yet!
Mickey was always there to push Rocky past the point of comfortable, work hard for what he wanted and move in a direction that not only led to wins in the ring but in life. In fact, most of the characters in the Rocky movies all played a different yet vital role in motivating him- especially his opponents- have you seen Ivan Drago?!
This David and Goliath fight was not only to avenge Apollo’s death but more importantly it was a brilliant metaphor of how big life’s challenges can be- yet- if we have the will to win and the right people in our corner, we can be victorious.
You may be wondering how you find your Mickey?