Yesterday was Groundhog Day. Long before I knew what that meant, I knew that Groundhog Day was about wanting an event to be over and not being able to escape it. I watched the movie when it first came out – over 20 years ago – and I’ve never forgotten that look of fear and exhaustion and despair in Bill Murray’s eyes as he woke to the same morning and the same events happening over and over and over again.
So very February 2nd, while we watch to see if Phil will see his shadow, (or hopefully not), I spend a little of my brain power marking the events of the day so I can see if the next day, they will happen again. This morning, thankfully, I didn’t wake up the same way I did yesterday. I woke up to brand new notifications on my phone, different stories on the news and a brand new attitude to life.
But if the Groundhog Day movie experience had indeed happened, here’s what today would entail all over again:
- news that Tamron Hall has quit NBC. She was my favorite person to watch and I don’t even feel like turning on the TV in the morning now that she’s not there to banter with Al Roker and blush when they tease her about her budding romance with Adam. Remember when I wrote this post about her entitled 7 Outfits for 7 Days ? What about when I mentioned her in the post entitled When A Milestone Is A Millstone?
- Beyonce announced that she’s having twins and her “belly” picture became the most liked picture on Instagram ever, garnering over 8M likes within 24 hours.
- Across Manhattan, bodegas and delis were closed for several hours yesterday as Yemenis and Syrians protested the travel ban imposed on their people. It was weird to see businesses that stay open 24 hours every day, stay open through Christmas and Thanksgiving and blizzards and blackouts, finally shutter their doors. I thought this administration was going to make America great again.
I’ m sure there were other things that happened yesterday. Other, more significant things. But when I woke up this morning and saw that the deli across the street from my apartment was open, I relaxed.
Another place I wouldn’t want that Groundhog Day experience, is in books that I’ve read. One of the best books I read in January was Sula by Toni Morrison. The story was set in the mid 1900s and while I enjoyed reading about the characters, Sula and Nel’s experiences, I was happy I didn’t live in that time period. The characters dealt with some tragic events during the course of the short book, as in real life, but each day has its own set of challenges so we don’t want to keep reliving the same ones multiple times. Reading about those experiences make me glad I was born when I was, where I was and into the family I have. Thanks Mom and Dad.
On the other hand, as Phil (Murray’s character) learned, he used the time warp to gain and perfect some awesome skills. He became a concert-calibre pianist and developed some wonderful friendships. I’d like to think that if I had unlimited time, I would also use it wisely and accomplish much. But I should start with the time I do have everyday, right?
If you woke up in that Groundhog Day situation, what would be your greatest dread? What skill would you perfect?
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