The Daily Prompt asked: “If you could relive the past week, would you? Would you change anything?”
Yep – and not just this week, this month, last month, the whole past year. I would change it all.
There are of course varying degrees of Groundhog Day. The ultimate ‘Groundhog Day’ was the movie with Bill Murray playing weatherman Phil Connors who wakes up at 6 am and it’s always the second of February, in the same place, doing the same thing every single day, feeling trapped and frustrated and unable break free.
“I wake up every day, right here, right in Punxsutawney, and it’s always February 2nd. And there’s nothing I can do about it.”
He asks: “What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?” Good question.
He even tries suicide and when unsuccessful laments, “I killed myself so many times I don’t even exist anymore”.
Eventually Phil works out that truth of the well-known saying, ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results’.
When you realise, this is as good as it gets. That it does not get better. That it is not getting better. That’s when you finally can’t cope with Groundhog Day anymore.
That’s when Phil’s words, “What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today”, start ringing in your head.
That’s when you really hear Phil’s chilling prediction: “I’ll give you a winter prediction: It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be gray, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life.”
In the end, he wasn’t doomed to repeat the day forever, but that was not the real world, it was a movie with a happy ever after ending.