Have you ever felt that today is exactly like yesterday? That maybe you’re stuck in some kind of time loop where each day simply repeats itself over and over and over and you’re the only one who knows about it?
That’s Groundhog Day.
[Bill] Murray portrays Phil Connors, a cynical TV weatherman covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, who becomes trapped in a time loop forcing him to relive February 2 repeatedly.
As it was with Bill Murray’s character, each day of my life seems to be a repeat of the day before. Wake up, go to bathroom, go to living room, drink water, then drink juice, take bath, brush teeth and shave, towel dry; the rest of the day may vary in details, but Groundhog Day began the same way every day, too, and changed as the day went on.
At 6:00 am the alarm went off and Sonny and Cher blared I Got You Babe from the clock radio. Every. Single. Day.
Shaving is like that. The mundane has become the memorable. It feels as if I am trapped in a time loop and forced to begin the day the same way every day, too.
We don’t know how many Groundhog Days Phil Connors lived. A year of them? 10 years of them? We do know that he could change each day only to have the next day, starting with the alarm clock at 6:00 am, begin again the same way.
Connors’ cynicism caused him to end his life many times; only to be resurrected at 6:00 am again and again. His life changed only when he came up with an objective to look forward to each day (chasing after newfound love interest Andie MacDowell).
Do you see a few key ingredients to life in there? Objective, purpose, a reason to live?
What if you’re dying of an incurable disease that sucks life from its victims and, while doing that, also depletes the reason to live?
Phil Connors dreaded the 6:00 am alarm clock until he found a purpose in life (Andie MacDowell) and his daily resurrection gave him the energy he needed to overcome Groundhog Day and live a life that helped others as it helped himself.
My life today is a personal Groundhog Day. The morbidity of ALS will end and be replaced by a resurrection to a better life. I look forward to each day because one of them will become better than the day before.