I was able to take another 48 hour computer break last weekend so I went to see Creed 2 Saturday night. The movie is great, of course! I found myself reflecting on one of the larger themes in the movie. Yes, I analyzed the movie.
DISCLAIMER – SPOILER ALERT!!!!
If you have not seen the movie yet and do not like to have endings spoiled, don’t read this until you see it. Unless you just want to read and see the movie any way. Either way, I do want you to read 🙂
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So, mini recap of the movie. Adonis Creed (Micheal B Jordan’s character and Apollo Creed’s son) is challenged by Viktor Drago. Viktor is the son of Ivan Drago, the man that killed Apollo Creed in a fight. Viktor and his father challenge Adonis while on a visit to Philly from Russia. Adonis, wanting to honor his father, talks to Rocky. Rocky beat Ivan back in the day and knew what it would take to beat him. Rocky did not want Adonis to fight, largely because that is how Apollo died. Adonis leaves Philly and moves to LA to train without Rocky. Adonis only lasts a few rounds before he is knocked down hard by Viktor. He was able to retain his champion title because Viktor hit him after the bell. Viktor was trained by his father to hit hard. Adonis was seriously hurt as a result of the fight, physically and emotionally. It took him some time to heal, regroup and decide that he wanted to fight Viktor again. He reconciles with Rocky and lets him know he wants to fight again.
NOW, here is the part that struck a cord with me, and essentially the motivation for this post. Rocky let him know that he was not going to beat Viktor with his “natural style.” He takes Adonis out to the middle of the desert to train in a non-conventional facility. Not even sure you can really call it a facility. He trains hard and in ways he was not used to. He comes out physically stronger and mentally ready for the fight against Viktor in Russia. The fight lasts longer because Adonis can endure a lot more of Viktor’s hits. This time, he beats Viktor with a knock out.
I got home that night and sat up thinking about having to train and prepare differently from my “natural style.” I will admit that I have had my Adonis moments of being fueled by a passion to “fight” for what was right. But that admittedly doesn’t always work. I have even encountered a few Viktors in my life that only have one goal of trying to break me. Over the past few years I had to find my desert training grounds to train differently, so that I was prepared for the next match with challenging characters in this play we call life. The fact that Adonis had to go to the desert is also interesting because it was a stark contrast from the gyms he was used to training in.
All that to say, sometimes you have to train a little differently from your natural style. And sometimes you need to change your training ground. Notice, I did not say change your natural style. I believe you should always remain true to yourself. But some situations are meant to prepare you so that you know how handle some of the toughest matches to keep your title.