Going the Distance

ImageWe recently watched a movie called Rocky in class, starring Sylvester Stallone. The movie is about an amateur boxer, Rocky, who’s never actually had a real fight before and is given the chance to fight a well known, heavyweight champion. He is given the opportunity to pursue the American dream, and along the way, he finds love. To prepare for the big fight, Rocky trains all day and night. He never gives up even with all the obstacles thrown at him in life. Rocky tries to look past the negatives and keep moving on. However, while everyone else was pushing him and thinking that his goal was to beat Apollo Creed, Rocky was aiming more than that. He told his girlfriend, Adrian, that he knew he wouldn’t be able to beat the champion, and it was absurd to even think he’d be able to.

“Who am I kiddin’? I ain’t even in the guy’s league…It don’t matter, ’cause I was nobody before…I was nobody.”

Rocky’s goal wasn’t to beat Apollo Creed. All he wanted to do was to prove everyone else wrong. People kept telling him that he was up to no good, and he was wasting his life. Rocky wanted to go the distance, and as long as he did, going the distance was like victory to him. Some people may disagree about how it would be a victory though. They might think that since he didn’t win the match, how is that victorious? Just because you don’t win, doesn’t mean that you lose. Not everything is about winning or losing. It’s about achieving what you wanted to in the first place. Rocky demonstrated this when he went the distance. He achieved his goal and was happy.

“That don’t matter either, ya know…It really don’t matter if I lose this fight. It really don’t matter if this guy opens my head, either. ‘Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody’s ever gone the distance with Creed. And if I can go that distance, ya see, and that bell rings, ya know, and I’m still standin’, I’m gonna know for the first time in my life, ya see, that I weren’t just another bum from the neighborhood.”


This Oscar winning film has taught me perseverance, and everyone has to persevere through various things. In baking, you have to persevere also. Not every dessert or treat will come out right, but you don’t give up. You get back up and try again. 🙂 As long as you “went the distance” and attempted to make the dessert, the effort counts. Of course you want to try to nail the dessert the first time, but unexpected things happen. Maybe your goal was just to actually TRY to make the treat, regardless of the outcome. As long as you were able to reach your goal and was happy with the result, that’s all that matters.




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