© 2016 by Charles D. Jones

Groundhog Day

April 12, 2016

Bill Murray is a funny man and an excellent character actor. The character he played in the movie Groundhog Day is stuck in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania where he goes as a TV reporter to cover Phil the groundhog on February 2nd. Once there, that day repeats itself, over and over again, as he suffers through the same alarm, the same Sonny and Cher song on the radio, the same everything. He is stuck in a crazy time warp completely beyond his control. Do you ever get that feeling?

 

I've never been in a situation where I felt like I was in a time warp; that is, until I arrived at Bastrop Federal Satellite Camp. After almost 8 months here, I know what's going to happen before it happens. My routine is frighteningly predictable, even though it is completely out of my control.

 

I know I'm incarcerated, but I never feel like I'm really suffering here; bored, but not suffering. However, suffering can take many forms. Its common denominator is that the victim is in an environment where life is out of control. He/she is powerless to change it and is left to suffer through and hopefully emerge victorious from the physical or emotional pain.

 

So, how did Bill Murray's character break the cycle? He did it the old fashion way. He fell in love with the character played by Andie McDowell, and he was forever changed by that love. In the meantime, he slowly changed who he was, how he viewed himself and how he viewed life, one boring day at a time.

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