All of you living in cold weather winter places right now probably tuned in yesterday to see if the groundhog saw his shadow. We get pretty excited about it here in Pennsylvania, since we have thee famous groundhog/ weather predictor: Punxsutawney Phil!
As we shiver through the winter, we hope every February 2nd that Phil won’t see his shadow, since that forecast means 6 more weeks of winter. (This year more winter was predicted.) Of course, it’s also impossible to observe the day without thinking of the movie with Bill Murray, Groundhog Day, where his day just repeats on a loop.
On that note, I recently told a friend of mine that I felt like I was living in Groundhog Year. It seems that the seasons spin around faster and faster each year, and that it’s the same s#!t each time. As in, this time of year always is awesome, this time of year is always depressing, and I’m always broke! I still haven’t paid off my credit cards, lost that 10 pounds or changed much of anything.
It’s as if my weaknesses around money and weight loss are the groundhogs that keep popping out of the lawn (like in Caddyshack.) Nope, still didn’t fix it!
This realization at first made me sad. Wasn’t I getting anywhere? (Insert deep thoughts here.)
After a while I noticed that I actually had progressed in other ways. I had gotten better at keeping things in perspective and noticing my priorities. I had gotten better at finding the silver lining when things weren’t going so great, AND I pride myself on never really giving up, even if I momentarily pull the covers over my head and hide from the world.
Yes, I may have to struggle with that chocolate and shopping addiction for the rest of my life, but that’s OK. I figured out a way to let myself off the hook, and it made me feel a whole lot better. Nobody is perfect, and those little groundhogs are gonna pop up time and time again when you least expect them. But, we keep moving forward the best we can.
I guess that’s the moral of this story…we keep moving forward the best we can, and we do everything in our power to keep our sense of humor. They can be really annoying, but sometimes groundhogs can be pretty funny and cute, too. Don’t let the groundhogs get you down!