• Tom Boyd

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

The 1993 movie, Groundhog Day, has Bill Murray in an endless time loop reliving the same day time and time again. Eventually, he endeavors to improve himself. He begins to use his by-now vast knowledge of the day’s events to help as many people around town as possible, and uses the time to learn, among other things, how to play the piano, to sculpt ice, and speak French. Eventually, he is able to befriend almost everyone he meets during the day, using his experiences to save lives, to help townspeople, and ultimately to impress the love of his life. 

Estimates regarding how long he is trapped in the time loop vary widely. The movie’s director Harold Ramis wrote “” It takes at least 10 years to get good at anything, and allotting for the down time and misguided years he spent, it had to be more like 30 or 40 years.” 40 years is 14,600 days. He had to live the same day for 14,600 times to get it “right”.  

Groundhog Day has been considered a tale of self-improvement which emphasizes the need to look inside oneself and realize that the only satisfaction in life comes from turning outward and concerning oneself with others rather than concentrating solely on one’s own wants and desires.

In life none of us have the option of the time loop. How many of us don’t get it right even after many years have come and gone?

Never too late to start on self-improvement or using your time to learn. I am still trying to do both, life is a journey not a competition.

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