The concept of a time warp has been explored in numerous films - the idea of things repeating, nothing changing, the monotony of life being classified into a literal single day that can’t be escaped.

Arguably, one of the most famous movies that examines this concept isnt one of the most revolutionary films made, and isnt particularly commended for being a cinematic master piece - I reference  ‘Groundhog Day’, written and directed by Harold Ramis in 1993.

If you’re not familar with it, I urge you to check it out - it would be an hour and fourty minutes not wasted. It follows a man reliving the say day over and over again, each day waking up to the exact same fate he faced the day before. Featuring Bill Murry as the witty main character, I find that cinemasts often overlook this film, and forget that something does not have to be grandiose in order to be enjoyed - but I’m going off topic.

Theres a particular scene in the movie when our main protagonist describes living a life stuck in one place and doing nothing that actually matters. The man he’s conversing with, who we can boldly presume is not stuck in a never ending time loop too because if not it renders my argument redundant, says that it sums up his life - he ceases to matter outside of his own existence.

And this made me wonder whether people could experiance time warps outside of the literal, if we could create our own without science, but instead with our own complacency in the face of the ordinary. Even without being stuck in some kind of fictional time loop, it is very easy for our lives to spiral into the mundane, into the unchanging everyday routine that has no effect on lives that exist outside of our own.

Now I’m not suggesting that all routine is going to cause life to down ward spiral into boringness - routine is a way for people to cope, a way for people to control the chaos of the everyday. Because within all these constant structures and these boring monotonous days is the chaos that is humanity itself; the catalysts to the unusual and the unpredictable.

But these routine force us into create our own time warps, at the very least for five days a week - get up, shower, go to work, hate it there, come home, and try to pretend like you wont do the exact same thing tomorrow. It can be exhausting, causing our own time to replicate day in and day out.

I question whether an awareness of these warps would allow people to free themselves from the repetitive reality that they are exposing themselves to - whether it is enough to simply be self aware. How do we escape these routines when they fall so easily together? The functionality of society depends on our ability to adhere to conformity and it arguably makes more sense to go with the flow.

We are self-deluded, thinking we stand with our own freedom and choices but we underestimate how instinctual we are, how we follow a current when it seems the most logical decision.

I think what we need to ask ourselves when we are stuck in a time warp of our own creation is whether the comfort of comformity is worth the sacrificing ourselves to a life of monotony.