Cleo 5 to 7

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The story revolves around a singer who is really proud of her beauty. She wasn’t famous yet but she had sung a few songs. She visits a taro card reader and find out that she has cancer. She thought she did not have much time to live. She gets quite tensed about it and visits her friends but doesn’t get the support she needs. She is travelling around in the town, she wanders into a deserted area of a park and encounters the young soldier Antoine. They walked around for sometime and started talking. Both of them like each others company. They both decide to go to the doctors clinic together to get the reports.

They reached the clinic, but the doctor had already left. Cleo was really upset because these 2 hours were really hard for her to pass. They are walking away from the clinic, when suddenly the doctors car stops by and tells Cleo that a two month session of chemotherapy would make her fine. Antoine and Cleo just stood there shocked. They had been tensed throughout and the doctor just casually came by and said she’ll be fine.

Time had slowed down for Cleo from the time she came to know about her cancer. She though she did not have time and she was going to die. She was scared and tensed about her results and the doctor without any tense just tells her that she’ll be fine in a couple of months.

Time and Our Perception

It is rightly said that the only way to stop it slipping away, is by doing new things.

To stop time: kiss,

To travel in time: read,

To escape time: listen to music,

To feel time: write,

To release time: breathe.

Can remember a period in your life when, if you look back on it now, time seemed to stretch on forever? When a week seemed like four or an hour seemed like it went on for days? What were you doing in that period?

Chances are, you were probably doing something (or a whole bunch of somethings) that was brand new to you and demanded your attention. The funny thing is, by focusing on what you were doing, you actually slowed down time (or how your brain perceived that time, anyway).

Time is intrinsically subjective.

Our ‘sense’ of time is unlike our other senses. With time, we don’t so much sense it as perceive it.

When our brains receive new information, it doesn’t necessarily come in the proper order. This information needs to be reorganised and presented to us in a form we understand. When familiar information is processed, this doesn’t take much time at all. New information, however, is a bit slower and makes time feel elongated.

When we’re in life-threatening situations, for instance, “we remember the time as longer because we record more of the experience. Life-threatening experiences make us really pay attention, but we don’t gain superhuman powers of perception.”yo

Conversely, if your brain doesn’t have to process lots of new information, time seems to move faster, so the same amount of time will actually feel shorter than it would otherwise. This happens when you take in lots of information that’s familiar, because you’ve processed it before. Your brain doesn’t have to work very hard, so it processes time faster.

Time is this rubbery thing. It stretches out when you really turn your brain resources on, and when you say, ‘Oh, I got this, everything is as expected, it shrinks up.

So if you want your day to last longer then you need to do 5 simple things:

Keep learning- Learning new things is a pretty obvious way to pass your brain new information on a regular basis. If you’re constantly reading, trying new activities or taking courses to learn new skills, you’ll have a wealth of ‘newness’ at your fingertips to help you slow down time.

Visit new places- A new environment can send a mass of information rushing to your brain—smells, sounds, people, colours, textures. Your brain has to interpret all of this. Exposing your brain to new environments regularly will give it plenty of work to do, letting you enjoy longer-seeming days.

This doesn’t necessarily mean world travels, though. Working from a cafe or a new office could do the trick. As could trying a new restaurant for dinner or visiting a friend’s house you haven’t been to.

Meet new people- We all know how much energy we put into interactions with other people. Unlike objects, people are complex and take more effort to ‘process’ and understand.

Meeting new people, then, is a good workout for our brains. That kind of interaction offers us lots of new information to make sense of, like names, voices, accents, facial features and body language.

Try new activities- Have you ever sky dived or done bungee jumping? Why not try some deep diving into the sea. If not anything, try something new in your kitchen or maybe in your play, or at work.

Be spontaneous- Surprises are like new activities: they make us pay attention and heighten our senses. Anyone who hates surprises can attest to that.

If you want to stretch out your day, this is a good way to do it. Try surprising your brain with new experiences spontaneously.

Cheers,

Pankhuri Joshi.

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“Don’t worry if you’re creating waves by simply being yourself. The moon does it too.”              – Scott Stabile.
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“At times, the duration is long but it is definitely worth the wait.”
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“All the truth is crooked, time itself is a circle.”

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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This movie is about a couple named Joel and Clementine. The story  begins where Joel and Clem were in a relationship.

One day suddenly, Clem doesn’t respond to Joel. She acted like he was a complete stranger. Joel got worried and asked one of  Clem’s friends about her weird behaviour. This is when he comes to know that Clementine had undergone through a clinical process where she had erased  Joel and all his memories,  because their relationship had lost it’s spark and it wasn’t going anywhere. Joel gets very frustrated when he comes to know about it and decided to erase Clementine from his memory. He reaches the clinic and gets himself an appointment.  The procedure was that each of  his memories would flash in front of him and  Clementine would get erased from it along with the memory. The doctor starts with he process but in the middle of the process Joel realises how much Clementine means to him and he did not want to erase her from his memory. So, he goes into his memory  backwards

in time and starts smuggling her away into parts of his memory where she doesn’t belong so that she doesn’t get erased.  

He kept on doing that so  that the doctors can’t track Clementine in his memory. Joel and Clem  talked about their differences and then worked out their relationship. 

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge 

Ambrose Bierce

The movie is about a man who is about to be hanged by the army. The scene revolves with the man on the bridge standing with his hands tied behind his back, his wrists bound by wire and a rope enclosed his neck. Next to him, is a chief officer who is giving the orders and he is surrounded by many other soldiers armed with big guns. They are all on a bridge below which    a river is flowing swiftly. 

The man was about to be hanged. The chief officer stood on one side on a plank while the man stood on the other end, so as soon as the officer would step down the man would fall off the bridge, get hung and then fall into the river. The arrangement was ready. The officer stood on the end of the plank. 1, 2, 3 a soldier fired a shot and the officer stepped down from the plank and the man went straight down into the river. But, luckily while he was in the river, after too much struggle he managed to untie his hand. The soldiers saw this and continuously fired shots at him. But, he was swimming so fast that it was difficult to take a shot at him. They brought a huge cannon and fired at him to but

 missed him. He swam till he got away from the troops. He reached the shore. He was exhausted but elated that he escaped from the soldiers. Shots still fired around him but he managed to escape from it. While he swam for his life, all the memories about his wife and children kept flashing into his mind. He was about to die, so each and every moment of his life slowed down. It was like watching all his happy memories about his family is slow-motion. He never thought he would be able to see them again, and here he was running towards them, free from the soldiers. He kept on running. It was like he was already dead. He was exhausted terribly, he just wanted to lie down and rest. He heard loud noises of cannon being shot behind him. He keeps on running, falling, dragging himself on the ground but manages to reach his house to his wife. Just when he is about to go close to her, to embrace her, he feels a strong blow on his head, a white light flashes and everything blanks out. The man is dead.

When death falls upon a person, all the people, memories the person has experienced in his life just project in front of him like a movie. The person imagines what he would go if he doesn’t die and still has time to live. Time pauses for sometime before it completely stops. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can ever steal. The man’s heart impounding and praying for hope to just say alive but even in those few moments he has, he can’t stop thinking about the one he loved.