Time flies when you’re in a montage

Let’s say you want to show that someone is turning their life around. They used to be a sedentary office drone – then they start jogging every day.

That’s easy. You simply point to them and say, “hey, look, that person is jogging!”

Now let’s say you’re a movie director and you want to do that. Again, all you need is a line of dialogue:

“Boy, running every day sure is different from not doing that, like I used to do!”

Mwah. Pure elegance.

If you’re directing a Looney Tunes short, you can superimpose a calendar over the running and have the months literally fly off it.

Now let’s say you’re a good director and you can’t resort to cartoon conventions.

Why, then you use a montage.

It’s easy to show someone jogging. Have the camera aim in their general direction as they do it. Then you show the passage of time by having the environment change.

They jog on a sunny day… then through the rain… then at night…

They jog past a Christmas tree in a store window… then a florist advertising Valentine’s Day roses… then giant chocolate eggs wrapped in bright foil…

It implies that months have gone by without having anyone say it. To coin a phrase – you show, don’t tell.


Wait a minute…

They started selling hot cross buns over a week ago. That means someone could have jogged past a Christmas tree and an Easter display in ten minutes.

If Halloween starts in September, Christmas starts in October and Easter starts in December, is this why time feels like it goes so fast for you?

Honestly, no – but it’s probably not helping.

Your brain doesn’t feel the flow of time by measuring seconds, but by measuring events. When you have ‘just another day at the office’, the events are you wake up, go to work, come home and go to bed. No matter how slow that feels in the moment, it seems fast when you look back on it.

That’s why summers seemed to last forever when you were a kid. Everything was new, so everything that happened was its own event. Every few minutes, something happened that your mind latched onto.

When holiday seasons resemble the weather’s seasons in length, it muddies your sense of time a little.

But not as much as trudging through each day, bored, stressed and unstimulated.

It’s a strange paradox of modern life, where a day can drag on forever and a month can evaporate like that.

It’s even stranger that having a regular Neural Reset helps with both.

When you’re more present, and you relax and focus, time has a way of settling down.

Here’s how you get yourself a session:


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