“Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.”Phil Connors, Groundhog Day
I love a good time-loop movie. I have ever since I first watched Groundhog Day a long time ago. If you are familiar (where have you been?) The premise for time-loop genres is having our protagonists stuck reliving the same day over and over again. Live Die Repeat is another great sci-fi time-loop movie starring Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise.
More recently, I watched Palm Springs on Hulu, starring Cristin Milioti and Andy Samberg. Suffice it to say—I loved it! It was a fun movie and brought some interesting ideas to the genre.
A small part of me secretly wishes I could get stuck in a time loop. The thought of having infinite time to learn and cultivate skills sounds incredible!
I would read everything!
I would master everything!
But I would want to be stuck forever.
Because nothing you say or do in a time-loop matters. Everything resets. Anything you accomplish, anything you create, anything you write down, record, solve, communicate… disappears the moment the day resets.
The worst part about a time-loop is you can’t share your life and your dreams with other people. At least not with meaning and sustenances. Because everyone forgets you and what you share the next today.
Permanence is what makes life meaningful.
I think this is why we all secretly (or not so secretly) fear to get Alzheimer’s and Dementia. The loss of identity—at least from
The outside looking in—feel a loss of the meaning of life.
Our memories and shared experiences are just as important as our present experiences. And without a past how can there be a future?
This is why sharing always goes hand and hand with creativity. I create things because I love doing it and find meaning in making stuff, but without being able to share, without being able to open yourself up and bleed for others, what’s the point?
I suppose you could say that life is bigger than creativity. Think of Leonardo da Vinci or Emily Dickinson. Would we feel the way we do if their work was lost to history? What if all of Leonardo’s paintings and notebooks were lost to us? What if Emily Dickinson’s family never found her poetry after she died?
The world might not remember them, but they would have still lived. They had lives and friends and family and experiences.
All that to say, we need both—we need to learn to create and improve our craft, but we also need to go out into the world and live too.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #986