The Three Circles of Time!

27.5.16

Assalamualaikum everyone ;3

Have you heard about the three circles depicting our perspectives of time? *excuse my gobbledygook vocab, I've been watching Sheldon spitting craps on The Big Bang Theory these few days* *oh by the way I didn't learn gobbledygook from Sheldon, but it somehow exists in Human Communication subject*

OH I AM SOOOO SORRY this is all Sheldon Cooooooooooper.


Okay, basically these three circles. One time during our Human Communication class, Madam asked us to draw three circles. Randomly. On a sheeeet of paper. I never knew about these time circles until then, so I just drew three freaking non-overlapping circles.



So... I drew something like this.......... (after that, Madam made us label each of the circle with 'past', 'present' and 'future') I know, right? So noob. If you look at one angle, you could definitely tell Mickey that you've found a hidden Mickey.

The circles were supposed to be overlapping each other, but of course, being the "do whatever your instructor ask" kind of student... well, you know the deal. They are supposed to overlap because OUR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE ARE FREAKING CONNECTED! How can the past, present and future not connected? -_-

Also, not to mention after drawing and labeling, Madam called out six names to present their drawings. And guess whose name was called first? =D Of course it would be me, unprepared, with three awkward non-overlapped circles in my hands, yay me! :')

Lepas tu Qibah buat lawak bagi aku makan mentos (untuk hilangkan nervous), and since Mentos is the kind of sweets that you have to chew for a while.... for goodness' sake, I shouldn't have taken it. Cemana nak present kat depan kalau mulut tengah kunyah mentos? DAHLAH NERVOUS PASTU NAK KENA TELAN MENTOS YANG TAK HABIS KUNYAH LAGI PLAK TUH NEBES KITE NEBES!


OK so then I proceeded to tell the whole class about the circles.

I drew the biggest circle and labelled it 'past' because I tend to hold my past as this big anchor for me. My past means a lot to me. Without it, I wouldn't be who I am today. I told the class that the best part of my past was in the year 2013, my SPM year. Typically the ending moment for a certain period (in this case, high school period), would be the best time ever appreciated. What is English guys

SPM year somehow introduced me to freedom. There was this indescribable feeling of letting my wings go free and walls down. It was like, I felt that I was no longer entitled to being in a closed shell of some sekolah agama stereotypes. Seriously, if I stayed in that shell for a little while longer, I wouldn't survive PASUM and UniSZA right now :'))))

(although I'm having a feeling UniSZA is starting to suffocate me with those stereotypes once more kbai)

One may say it doesn't do much to dwell on the past (I have a strong feeling Albus Dumbledore said this lol), but I kinda miss it a lot. Aku rasa sekolah menengah lah time paling memorable and awesome, so it's a loss to people yang take everything seriously and don't stop to have fun. Because you don't get to have all that time dah masuk IPTA or IPTS.

OKla, you may get to have fun during college life, but your circle of friends won't be the same as the one during high school. And after college you need to get a job and a life. The end.

Somehow, we need to cherish every moment we got. The past, the present, the future. I drew the present circle medium-sized because my present time is kinda okay right now. Life is not as great as SHAMS or PASUM, but it doesn't suck. (well, it does sometimes but those phases come to pass) We live in the present, so better make it count. The little things.

Life's great. Thanks.

We don't know the future, so that's why I drew the future part the smallest. Lol. I actually have no plans yet for the future, except for pursuing my Masters in God-knows-what-course in God-knows-where.

It's kinda boring but that's all I've got for now.

Maybe Masters in Literature...? I guess? In New Zealand. I guess? Life is a long list of possibilities and guesses and if we delve deeper we'd be lost in oblivion. K.

But as to now, I'm more intrigued by communication stuff, so we'll see.

Okay after I presented my circles, Madam remarked that I did well and although Dumbledore said that it doesn't do well to dwell on the past, Madam said it was okay because I cherished on the happier and merrier thoughts of the past. Meaning kalau engkau nak mengenang kisah lalu, boleh je tapi yang happy happy and baik baik jelah, yang sesedih takyahlah.

Atau erti kata lain, move on jela. Make and build new memories.

We got to hear a few of others' circles, they sketched different sizes and in different patterns (unlike my non-overlapping ones). And in the end (this is the best part)... Madam picked one of the six (with the help of the whole class) as the best explanation, thus being rewarded with one extra carry mark. CAN YOU GUESS WHO GOT THAT EXTRA MARK?!? CANNNNNNNN YOUUUUUUUUUUU GUESSSSSSSSSS

Yep, it's me! *cue the applause*

Thank you, Madam! And my fellow classmates! I love you guys :-*


These 'past', 'present' and 'future' can also be seen in a value orientation in the study of intercultural communication. It is called 'orientation to time'.

1. For the 'future' orientation, they simply include saving money for the future, for future needs and stuff. This is typical in most US cultural communities.

2. As for the 'present' orientation, they emphasise on the here-and-now and the value of living in the moment. Such as in Spain and Greece.

3. The 'past' orientation puts emphasis on the past, believing that history has something to contribute to our understanding of the present. We can see this in Europe and Asia (basically us lah kot). SEE! THAT'S WHY MY PAST CIRCLE IS THE BIGGEST!

Nevertheless, as a person, we have all three orientations in us, such as we also have both individualist and collectivist cultures inside of us, depending on the situations. I am 70% sure you have no idea what I'm babbling about so I'll stop here.

It's okay I'll ask Professor X to transfer all this data on cultures into your heads, genetically enhanced readers

On another note... I'm on a semester break for three months! YAY! I've watched Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse (hence the photo of Charles above) and I couldn't be happier! Well, a little disappointed with Civil War but we'll get to that in the next post, yeah?

Thank you for your time! Have a blast and cherish every moment.


** Gobbledygook: language that is meaningless or is made unintelligible by excessive use of abstruse technical terms; nonsense.
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