I was recently reminded of this quote by Maya Angelou when I happened to watch Groundhog Day, a Hollywood movie that features a protagonist who is very unhappy with his life.
In the movie, Phil is the protagonist and a weather reporter whose life carries a routine which is exactly the same every day, aka, a time loop. He struggles as he tries to make sense of the events in his life that are strikingly the same – it is not only the work he does, and the people he works with that he sees every day. It is also the beggar on the street, the accidental insurance agent, the pothole he happens to step into, etc. He soon starts hating the environment, the town, the people and the celebrations around the Groundhog Day and finds himself cheating others, getting into one-night stands and reckless driving. He tries to get out of the time loop by committing suicide multiple times, nevertheless wakes up to the same day, repeating his routine.
Finally he comes out of the time loop by changing his attitude towards life – using the knowledge he has gathered during the time loop, of every individual in the locality - he goes out of his way to help others, learns the piano, shows his vulnerable side to his girlfriend and ultimately confesses his love to her.
IF YOU CANNOT CHANGE ANYTHING OUTSIDE OF YOU, CHANGE YOURSELF.
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