In the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, the main character gets to relive that one day over and over again. Initially he takes advantage of the situation, but eventually he begins to reexamine his life and priorities. And the movie ends happily ever after.
What would you change if you could go back to any one day in the past and do things differently? Would you play the lottery knowing which numbers would win? Or buy stock that you knew would make you rich? Or would you choose to take the chance that you passed up, be it a blind date or a job offer or new class at the gym or something else? Would you refrain from eating the piece of decadent cake that sent you on a month-long binge? Would you choose your most embarrassing moment and ensure it never happens? Would you use the opportunity for personal gain or personal growth, like the character in the movie? Is there something you would do over – or nothing?
Sometimes I imagine how my life could have been if I had done things differently. For example, I know now that I did not choose a great college for myself. But if I went somewhere else I might not have gone to grad school where and when I did and then never have met my husband and had my kids and… well, you get the picture. And if only I didn’t go to the lake last July 4th I wouldn’t have gone off my diet and started the long slippery slope of weight gain. I might do that day over! But then maybe I would never have felt the desperation that led me to blog, which has become such a fun part of my life. However, I sure do think I could go back and buy some stock in Google or Apple or some other technology company that I now know about. But then again, what would be different in my life if I had made all that money?
I need some more time to think this over. Life isn’t perfect, but it sure is pretty darn good, all things considered. Maybe I wouldn’t change a single day. (Now give me a chance to do over a longer period of time and that might be another story altogether.)
How about you?