Favorite Spot: Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Neighborhood: Art Museum
Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
I Am: High School senior with a passion for writing and other artsy things
Years in Philly: 17 (all my life)
Current Home: West Philly
My Love Note
I’ve lived in this city all of my life, and I act like a tourist.
Rocky is one of my favorite movies for a number of reasons, one being obvious: It was filmed in this great town. Rocky (or Sylvester Stallone.. let’s call him Rocky) was driven, friendly, a good fighter, and sometimes insecure. He reminds me of myself. But he did something to this city in 1976. It was so random, but it turned into a ritual for Philadelphians.
If you live in Philly and you haven’t ran up the ‘Rocky Steps,’ you’re probably a really boring person. Or you’re just lazy, but that’s okay. I’ll tell you what it’s like. When you’re at the bottom, you think: “I can do this, this is cake.”
When you’re 25% done: “I’m going to die.”
50% done: “I can’t breathe.”
And when you finally finish, and you turn around and put both fists in the air, it’s like no other feeling. The Philadelphia skyline is at your fingertips and these words end up slipping out of your mouth, “I did it!” It’s a proud moment even if you can’t feel your feet, your chest hurts, and your knees are weak.
To the right of the steps is a statue of Rocky in his signature victory pose. Even though it’s all fictional, running up the steps gives me a sort of determination to get through whatever I’m going through and makes me a proud Philadelphian.