Back To Groundhog Day….In A Tardis

Hollywood sometimes is not the most creative of artistic environments (Fast and Furious 8 anyone?) and is no exception when it comes to the glut of ‘Groundhog Day’ type movies which flood our screens. We had never heard of the phenomenon in Northern Ireland until the release of the Bill Murray original in 1993, where a not very likeable TV weatherman becomes caught in a time loop where he has to relive the same day over and over again. 

The experience forces him to review his life and helps him evolve into a much kinder and more loving person. It was a box office success and has led to all sorts of spin offs and variations of a theme. I’ve seen Christmas, horror and teen ‘Groundhog Day’ inspired movies. All following the same basic premise. What if you could live yesterday all over again? What would you do differently? What would you change? Or would you just leave things as they were?


I’ve made a billion mistakes down the years and there are days when  I wish I could turn back time (minus the dodgy Cher wardrobe) and rewrite my past. Erase a lot of the bad decisions I have made and put things right. Live a better life, a perfect life. But then I think would that make me the person I am today, warts and all. Do I want to be a revisionist historian like in Stalinist Russia? Airbrushing my failings? Sugar coating the truth of who I was?

I stand here today before you scarred and flawed. But I earned those scars and I have them for a reason. My past has cost myself and others dearly. I wish it was not so but it is. I have walked a rocky road but my screw ups have helped shaped me into the person I am today. God allowed me to make the same mistakes over and over again to bring me to a point where I hit rock bottom and realised I could no longer do it on my own. I needed Him.

Our past shapes us and makes us who we are today. We go through it in order to learn from it and evolve. My past has allowed God to chip away at my faults and insecurities and reshape me. If it wasn’t for my past I wouldn’t be writing this today. In fact, this blog probably wouldn’t exist (hurrah you all cheer). Our past is our fuel. It powers us through the present and hopefully helps steer us to a better future where we can avoid the potholes on the road that we previously fell foul of.

So tempting as it sounds I’m not so sure I want to wake up and repeat 31 October 2017 all over again. Sure there are things I would change if I could. But if I did then would I be the man I am today, this very second. I learnt from yesterday. As I will learn from today. And tomorrow. I’m no Marty McFly or Dr. Who. Plus time travel sounds like awfully hard work. I think I’ll stay where I am for now.

If you could relive yesterday what would you change? Or would you let sleeping dogs lie?

What is your favourite Bill Murray movie? Scrooged? Ghostbusters? Lost In Translation?

32 thoughts on “Back To Groundhog Day….In A Tardis

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  1. I’ve had thoughts like this in the past, but you are spot on in your assessment that it is our past experiences that make us who we are. Favorite Bill Murray movie? That’s a tough one. Groundhog Day was good. I’d probably have to say Ghostbusters, although I really liked that one where he played an old codger that lived next to the single mom and her kid. I had to look it up. St. Vincent.

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  2. There are times when I wish I could go back to my past and make different choices, but I agree with you that the choices I made are a part of who I am today, flaws and all. I’m working on not forgetting the past, but certainly learning from it.

    I love Groundhog Day! lol

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  3. I have moments where I think “what if?” What if I had done this rather than thati, etc……But then I think that God brought me to where I am for a reason and going back would just mess up everything. Does that make sense?? Lol I’m a little tired as I type this….

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  4. I am with you I would not go into the past to change anything. But to relive a day to improve sometimes sounded like a good idea. I really like the Bill Murray Movie ‚Groundhog Day‘

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  5. We eventually learn what it means when it is said that His word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.” We stumble less and can see a bit further up the road. It gets better with His word abiding in us. Good post.

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  6. I live constantly wishing i could make other decisions that were wrong in my past. I struggle on occasions. I think would i actually do anything different? I would say 60% of the time i would not do anything different. Things happen for a reason i think? Life throws curve balls everyday, its even tougher when you have a mental illness…………………….
    Caddyshack is a great film with Bill Murray in for me

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  7. I regret a comment I made on a blog yesterday. I tried to find that guy, but I couldn’t, I figured he blocked me. But no, he was on my list tonight so we are talking.

    I have to be very careful when discussing politics. I don’t want to argue or say mean things. The best is for me to say nothing.

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  8. Very good post. I could not agree more with you. Those mistakes that we made, and the battle scars we carry as a result make us who we are. We are wise to learn from our past and allow God to direct our present to ensure that our lives line up with the will of God! God bless!

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  9. It is strange to come across your post mentioning this movie, I just saw it yesterday and reading your questions made me look at the whole film in a new perspective.I wouldn’t want any day to be repeated,learning and moving is the only way.Change is the only constant.Thanks for sharing

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