So I’ve recently been finding all sorts of reasons to procrastinate on my assignments, among some other obligations. Eventually I ended up revisiting the Naruto of old, because there’s nothing like a long, filler-filled shonen anime to keep you occupied. But in my attempts to avoid work, I ended up rediscovering a character that motivated me to do work. Rock Lee inspired me to talk about his character and the many things that he signified.
So a little bit of introduction is due. Rock Lee is a shinobi who, unlike the others, lacked the necessary skills to use genjutsu or ninjutsu. To make up for his shortcomings, he pursues wholeheartedly in training in the art of taijutsu. As goofy and narrow sighted as he might appear to be, Rock Lee is filled with an overwhelming drive to overcome anything. He’s also a really nice guy.
As an untalented shinobi, Rock Lee made it a point to overcome the gap of talent through sheer hard work and effort. He would spend countless hours training multiple times harder than the next hardest worker in the room, and would continue to push himself even further. To prove to everyone of his worth and in fact to prove to himself of his own self worth, he took it upon himself to suffer countless hardships.
Rock Lee is the embodiment of how hard work and determination can let you reach unbelievable heights that would even put shame to those with natural talents. His character serves as a strong statement. Nothing is achieved without effort, even with talent, while almost anything can be achieved with effort. He’s a character that repeatedly awed and inspired me to always work harder to be a better version of myself.
Rock Lee is a character in the anime that’s constantly confronted with failure. He is constantly being beaten down and falling short over and over again, sometimes even being told that he can never overcome the odds. But whenever he would fall down, he got back up again and came back even stronger.
The leaf’s lotus blossoms twice. When we meet next time, I vow that I’ll be an even stronger man.Rock Lee
Rock Lee is a beacon of hope and an icon of motivation. His mental toughness and his positive attitude that strives to overcome adversity is what allows his character to burn bright. With this positive demeanour and the relentless will to surpass himself, he becomes a role model figure to the viewers. Whenever he’s in the picture, he tends to impel us to never give up and to never be beaten down by failures.
Ultimately, everything Rock Lee does is done in style. From his epic splendour in battle, to his burning passion and hunger in overcoming his own shortcomings, everything about the guy is filled with a higher level of intensity. Even his fashion statement had been pretty intense. It’s an intensity that radiates charisma. A style that tells everyone to be confident in who they are and who they choose to be, no matter what others might say. In the end, what matters is having an internal locus of control. You just have to believe in yourself.
Also, can we just take the time to appreciate how badass a guy like Rock Lee is. I mean just look at the fight with Gaara in the Chunin exams. Also those eight gates are just way too epic!
(featured image source: Izzy)