It’s hard to write a Groundhog Day post without invoking the movie of the same name, and honestly, I don’t think I want to. But I’d be remiss if I took the easy way out and just threw some lightly-veiled analogies or metaphors from the movie of the same name. So instead, I’m going to broaden the horizons of this post and regale you with quotes both from the movie AND from not-Groundhog Day Bill Murray. See? Differentiation is key!
Turns out Bill Murray is a pretty interesting and thoughtful cat. He sees the world in a really unique and refreshing way, and I think we can all learn a little something from some of the nuggets he’s thrown out there, both in movies and in his everyday life. Ready? Let’s put our thinking caps on and see if we can take some of his thoughtfulness to heart:
“What would you do if you were stuck in one place, and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?” – Groundhog Day
I think most of us would be lying if we said we haven’t felt a feeling similar to this at some point. If we’re working a full-time office job our days are basically carbon copies of each other: wake up, get ready, go to work, work, go home, eat, sleep, repeat. It’s soul crushing.
When we fall into a headspace like this, it’s a sign that we need to change some things up. It could mean that it’s time to start looking for a job, but it could also mean that we just need to introduce some change into our days. We can start a workout routine, or cook more, or read more, or even just vary our commute. This feeling is a cue that we need a reset and it’s important we take that cue.
“Do you know what today is?” “No, what?” “Today is tomorrow. It happened.” – Groundhog Day
No matter how bad things get, or how miserable today is, there is always going to be a tomorrow. As humans we are very good at thinking in the here-and-now, and not very good at thinking down the road. We think that whatever is happening right now will happen to us forever, and that the pain/anger/frustration/sadness will never leave. We’re wrong. Life is inherently difficult, but brighter times are on the horizon. Don’t take it from me, take it from a man who lived the same day thousands of times with no end in sight.
“It’s hard to be an artist. It’s hard to be anything. It’s hard to be” and “Don’t think about your failures, otherwise you’ll never do a thing.” – Bill Murray, just being Bill Murray
This is coming from a man who was in some of the funniest movies ever made. Someone who is seen as objectively successful.
Nothing in this world is easy. We see entertainers like Bill Murray and we think to ourselves, “His life is amazing. I would give anything to live a life like that.” The truth is that everyone, including those we see as über successful, have to overcome fear, anxiety, failure, and disappointment all the time.
The only difference between a “successful” person and an “unsuccessful” person is their mindset. If we can face our struggles and pick ourselves up after failures, we’ll be successful. It’s not about succeeding at everything; it’s about not giving up when we meet disappointment.
...AND A LONG ONE FOR GOOD MEASURE
“As I once said to one of my brothers, ‘This is your life, not a rehearsal.’ Somewhere there’s a score being kept, so you have an obligation to live life as well as you can, be as engaged as you can. The human condition means that we can zone out and forget what the hell we’re doing. So the secret is to have a sense of yourself, your real self, your unique self. And not just once in a while, or once a day, but all through the day, the week and life. You know what they say: ‘Ain’t no try, ain’t nothing to it but to do it.’”
I think this one speaks for itself.
Until next time – Live your best life, even if there are six more weeks of winter.