Wholeness

by Tom Swift

Rocky: “I can’t do it.”
Adrian: “What?”
Rocky: “I can’t beat him.”
Adrian: “Apollo?”
Rocky: “Yeah. I been out there walking’ around, thinkin.’ I mean who am I kiddin’? I ain’t even in the guy’s league.”
Adrian: “What are you gonna do?”
Rocky: “I don’t know.”
Adrian: “You worked so hard.”
Rocky: “Yeah, that don’t matter. ‘Cause I was a nobody before.”
Adrian: “Don’t say that.”
Rocky: “Ah, come on, Adrian, it’s true. I was nobody. But that don’t matter, either., you know? ‘Cause I was thinkin,’ 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, you see, and that bell rings and I’m still standin,’ I’m gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren’t just another bum from the neighborhood.”

Rocky (1976)