Groundhog Day.

I went to see the above at the Old Vic last night with my lovely friend Natalie.
Obvs I’d seen the film about 30 years ago but tbh couldn’t remember what happens in it other than the guy waking up and it’s always the same day, so exactly the same things happen over and over again.
Then he realises that he can change what happens each day by behaving differently to the people he sees ( every day ).
Like in A Wonderful Life, what happens is that he himself changes and realises that he can make the
day a better day for everyone that he interacts with.
And he does.
It’s a feel good play and it’s funny too.

I left with that feeling in my head.

I Triride’d all the 11 miles home because the weather was ok and the trains were all a bit delayed etc.

About half way home my glasses fell off my head and were in the middle of the road. I was at traffic lights on red. I called out to probably 10 different people that walked past me within 10 feet of me, asking them to help.
They were mostly young 20/30 year olds.
All of them completely ignored me. All of them could definitely see and hear me yet pretended they couldn’t.

Eventually a black guy got off his bicycle and picked up my glasses.
I’ve said before… black guys are always the most likely people to help me. Why is that I wonder?

I realised that most people actually don’t give a shite about anyone else. If a fella in a wheelchair at midnight is politely asking you to help him whilst he’s in the middle of a busy road and you ignore him completely, what are the chances of you helping anyone else in trouble?

In my case I think probably both my daughters would have kept on walking, and definitely my ex wife would have.
I’m blessed to have some fantastic friends that I think would probably help anyone at all that might have been in a wheelchair in the middle of the road, without it having been me in the chair.

The feel good factor of the play evaporated pretty quickly and hasn’t come back.

If you read this and aren’t a person that would help a stranger, then take a long hard look at yourself.

One day in the future it might be you in the wheelchair.

2 thoughts on “Groundhog Day.

  1. People are so bloody unkind and ignorant! Unfortunately the world is full of them! But thankfully it’s equally as full of genuine, kind, funny, thoughtful and helpful people like you. Don’t let the B******* get you down, they’re simply not worth it!

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