Do you have a movie that you watch everytime it comes on?
Maybe more than one?
I have several. Ground Hog’s Day with Bill Murray is one of those movies for me. Raiders of the Lost Ark is another. Defending your Life, Victor Victoria, Support Your Local Sheriff, Paint Your Wagon, The Fifth Element, The Name of the Rose, The Man Who knew to Little, Stargate, Dune… My list is long.
Ground Hog’s Day is one of the special ones. There’ magic in this movie. Phil, the newscaster played by Bill Murray wakes up at 6 am every day and its Ground Hog’s Day.
Now waking up at 6 am everyday, that’s kind of its own special hell in my world. I’m more of a 7:30 kind of person.
But the magic kicks in when Phil starts to realize that there is potential in his repeats.
He’s immortal. He can learn. He can attempt to achieve the perfect day. He can manipulate people. He can save people. Eventually, he can let it all go and just ‘be’.
Tonight, I watched the Netflix trailer for Russian Doll. It’s a bit of a spin off of Ground Hog’s Day. The character repeats the same night, trying not to die. Every night she dies.
I’m not providing a spoiler. This was all in the trailer.
I started thinking about how someone could flip this plot.
How do you flip Ground Hog’s day?
I’m not talking spinning it off like Russian Doll. I’m talking a full flip.
A flip would have to involve something repeating still or maybe its nothing repeating?
Maybe everyday Phil wakes up and its the day before?
He could incrementally travel back in time re-living his life in reverse. Sort of a Benjamin Button meets Piers Anthony Immortal series with Chronos.
Maybe everyday Phil wakes up and its a new day, the next day, and the thing that repeats is Phil. Phil does every single thing the same. The day is different. The results of the day are different. But Phil himself is on repeat, like a robot. Maybe in his mind he’s aware that he’s on repeat and he’s trying to find the way to break himself from the pattern.
What can he do? His body does every thing the same. Only his thoughts are different.
Maybe the flip is external to Phil. Maybe Phil finds himself in a reality where everyone else is stuck in their own individual Ground Hog’s day. They might all be repeating. They know it, and maybe even confide in it to Phil. But he goes forward each day looking for a way to get everyone else unstuck from their repeat. Maybe every person has to find their own individual way to self -actualize as Phil did in the original. Only after they self-actualize can they become unstuck. Then slowly, one by one it starts to happen and Phil is there to witness everyone ascending out of their Ground Hog’s day.
Or maybe as Phil progresses through each day, he encounters one person each day that is stuck and has to help guide them forward, how to get unstuck. He becomes a kungfu Ground Hog’s day master waking the ‘stuck’, Exorcising them from their suffering.
It’s just a thought.
It comes to me as I think about how much I have been repeating my own days lately. Its winter, February, and I am not getting out much. I’m working on me. I’m working on my future. But I am also sort of looping through the days.
I have the feeling of doing the same sorts of things each day. Its a new day and it feels like the same day mostly.
It’s a phase. I have lived phases where not much happened. I have lived phases where too much happens.
Today, I celebrated two straight days of nothing weird happening, two very ‘normal’ days.
I was sure ready for a normal day or two. It was a bit of a vacation for me.
Tomorrow, when I wake up and my phone alarm is playing,
Then put your little hand in mineCher ~ I Got You Babe
There ain’t no hill or mountain we can’t climb
I got you babe
I got you babe
It will be time for me to start a new loop, a new repeat. Another chance to actualize myself just a bit more, go further, live more, become more of em, let go of who I am not, do for others as best I can, enjoy, love and trust in the next day that will follow.