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I recently came wise to the following piece from HBO and it guts me every time I view it.
The strength of will and the perceived humility of the protagonist, the boxer, whom many may view this piece is about. I see that, but what hits me just as hard, is this man’s trainer. His belief in what and in this case, whom others may view as obsolete, a waste of time and effort. The trainer could have taken the other man’s money, patronized him, led him to believe he had his back when he didn’t, but he chose not to. Check the neighbourhood the gym is in. He could have assumed the would be boxer to be a junkie, a hustler and chased him out of the gym, but he chose not to.
As much as we can learn from the boxer, we can learn from the trainer. To believe, to find value in what and perhaps whom society overlooks, discards. To not value only that you can readily capitalize on.
If you’re feeling it, watch it one more time and view it as the trainer as the protagonist. We only get brief moments in time with him, but for me, when they arrive, they’ve got soul.