A not-so-funny thing happened on the first Friday of Lent. I had not yet experienced my Lenten Miracle so an incident that occurred prompted a reaction more intense than You’re Ruining My Advent. I went into Ivan Drago mode.
Ivan Drago, for you non-Rocky franchise fans, is the foe in Rocky 4.
He is the Russian fighting machine played by Ms. Grace Jones’ then-boyfriend , Rhodes Scholar-turned-model Dolph Lundgren. Drago is methodical, ruthless, and cold as the Siberian tundra.
|Drago's statement of purpose|
Not only was he physically superior to Philly’s finest, Rocky Balboa, but Drago was mentally Teflon.
No heart of gold here. In fact, you could argue Drago was heartless.
|Serving up sideeye|
When questioned about the possibility that he could fatally injure Rocky in their international title bout, Drago utters his famous line, “If he dies, he dies.”
What I could possibly gain or learn from such a character? I know there’s value in protecting myself and handling business. After all, I struggle with rattlesnake in pocket syndrome(Marsupium Crotalus); I’ve been betrayed by those I trusted, even as recently as this year. I also struggle with fear of intimidating personalities. I am making it a priority to tap into my fighting spirit. (#innermongoose) At some point, I need to fully commit to the professional and personal work before me. I need to focus on completing my goals. So yes, I will go Ivan Drago if the situation warrants it.