“When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.”
–Phil, Groundhog Day
I love the scene in Groundhog Day when Phil, after clowning through his life for so long, finally gets it right. His tribute to the day that he was cursed to live over and over again brings a round of applause.
The one item on my bucket list that actually involves my kicking the bucket has finally been completed. On the occasion of finalizing both my will and my living will I felt like I needed to come up with something profound to say, and I kept thinking of Phil’s remarks about winter. I find, though, that all I feel is that it’s about time I stopped procrastinating and became a full-fledged grown up, which is what having a will represents to me.
Now, if I am in a persistent vegetative state, people will know what to do, and if my husband and I were both to die at the same time, it would be clear what our wishes are. (Knock wood.)
I’d like to think Phil would approve.
#78 (101 things in 1001 days): Finalize my will.
- Check out my ebook about this quest: Timid No More.
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