Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Watched this 1993 movie "Groundhog Day" on TV over the weekend. This is an inspiring story. It's about a weather man played by Bill Murray being reluctantly sent to cover a story about a weather forecasting "rat" (as he calls it).
This is his fourth year on the story, and he makes no effort to hide his frustration. On awaking the 'following' day he discovers that it's Groundhog Day again, and again, and again which means he wakes up every morning at six, awakened by the same radio alarm playing the same song.
First he uses this to his advantage, then comes the realisation
that he is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the same
place, seeing the same people do the same thing EVERY day.
It seems he's having the worst day of his life... over, and over...
until he starts to use it to his advantage. He uses it to woo
the lady (played by Andie MacDowell) he's attracted to. As
everyday progresses, he learns to be a step ahead of her,
knowing the things she likes (he's been there, remember?) and
in the process improving their relationship.
He also starts to change his life to make positive changes
in other people's life. He schedules his day to run errands
he calls it, timing his activities to put things right for others,
for example, he happens to be there when the boy falls from the
tree - he catches him just in time. He happens to be there when
the homeless man needs food. He happens to be there when the
ladies need a tyre changed or he happens to be there to help a
choking man. With each passing day, he becomes more appreciated
by the people around him. He even learns to play the piano
superbly surprising his lady love.
Well, romantic tales predictably end on a positive note. This one
does too as one day, he wakes up and finds that it's a brand
Heaven forbid, but what if one day you wake up and find that
you're stuck with living the same day over and over again.
What would you do? How would you live it?