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  • "Have you ever thought of writing down your life story?"

    "I will never do that."

    "Why not? You've been a part of history. You've experienced things that most people wouldn't even dream of. It's incredible what you've been through."

    "Yes, I know. But I prefer to share my stories as gifts."

    "What do you mean?"

    "Here we've been driving in this car since I picked you up at the airport. We just met. I sized you up, I judged your character. For that, you earned some of my stories. But only some of them. If you were someone else, you might have earned other stories. Or, perhaps, you would have earned none, and we would be driving here, in silence and indifferent to each other. So this combination of stories is my gift to you, and you alone."

    "But then no one will ever know all of your stories - not even your friends or family."

    "Exactly. All of my stories will eventually be told, but to different people, and none of them will know who the other people are, or what stories they each know. So when the time comes for me to die - and may that day come soon - hundreds of people will have received these stories as gifts from me. But my entire life story? That will remain a gift I keep for myself."
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