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Dylan Roche
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February 6, 2018

Say what you want about all the superstition and tradition surrounding Groundhog Day, but for a holiday on which we all look to a rodent for meteorological insight, we seem to get pretty disappointed when Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow and predicts six more weeks of winter as he did this year.

The irony, of course, is that the myth goes – so far as I understand it – that if the groundhog does not see his shadow, we have only six weeks until spring; on the other hand, if he does see his shadow and goes back to his hole, we will have six more weeks of winter. It’s six weeks either way, everyone! It’s all in what we make of it.

You probably remember the Bill Murray movie “Groundhog Day,” about the weatherman who has to escape a time loop by venturing outside his comfort zone and doing something different. Each of us might not be in a literal time loop like what we see in the movie, but if we’re not careful, the monotony of the day-to-day can definitely make us feel that way … that is, unless we do something different to break out of it.

For Bill Murray’s character, Phil, it’s opening his heart to someone and falling in love. For each of us, it might be something else: helping a neighbor in need, heading up a massive volunteer project, training to overcome a physical challenge.

This issue of the paper is full of stories of people who are escaping the monotony of the day-to-day by taking on something new. I know that one of my resolutions for 2018 (yes, remember New Year’s resolutions? Are you still sticking to yours?) was to find a new project to challenge myself every month of the year. Scary? Yes. Gratifying? Definitely.

Trust me, I’m a routine-oriented person, and I think routine helps me accomplish everything I need to get done in a day. But if you don’t take it upon yourself to try something new, you might start to feel as if you’re waking up to the same February morning with “I Got You, Babe” playing on the alarm clock over and over again.

While you’re thinking up new ways to escape the monotony, be sure to shoot me an email at and let me know your story. Who knows – yours might be the next adventure or accomplishment featured in the pages of the Voice.

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