What if you were stuck re-living the same day over, and over again?

Well, that’s what happens to Samantha Kingston in the 2017 movie Before I Fall.

“Samantha has it all; the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over she begins to question just how perfect her life really is. And as she begins to untangle the mystery of a life suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, not just in her own life, but in the lives of those around her.” (IMDB)

I watched this movie last night, and it left a very big impression on me. A movie that really gets you thinking, and evokes self-reflection.

Despite the movie’s sad and rather disappointing ending, I believe that there are several life lessons one can learn from this great film.

  • Let’s start off with probably the most obvious fact. You only get one chance in life. You don’t have the luxury to re-live the same day to right your wrongs.
  • Do good. Help, love, and respect others. It’s amazing how just by talking to someone, hearing them out, you could well make their day. Lift their spirits, cheer them up, put a smile on their face, brighten up their day, be the light in their life, give them that boost of positivity. Not all heroes wear masks or don capes. Kind words and actions can truly be a super power.
  • The famous saying: don’t always judge a book by its cover. Or, as Joe South once sang, “walk a mile in my shoes”.
  • Make every single day count. What you do today matters.
  • Notice and appreciate the little things in life. They might seem small, trivial, and meaningless, but they may just be the best, most meaningful things ever. Moments, people, and events that can bring joy and happiness to your life. That can have the largest impact on you. Don’t take things for granted, as there will come a time when you might not be so lucky enough to have them, anymore.
  • Choose your friends wisely!
  • When a person says “I love you”, they don’t always mean it. Don’t just say it. Show it through your actions. Really mean it. As my English teacher used to say: “Don’t just talk the talk. You’ve got to walk the walk, as well.”
  • Karma. Interconnectedness. The ripple effect. The domino effect. Call it what you will. Our actions, be they good or bad, can indeed influence those around us.

So, dear reader, I leave you with these questions:

What would you do if you had only one day to change absolutely everything?

Would you change anything, at all?

If so, what would it be?

– Preston Carbonaro