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The currency of time.

Trading moments in a time obsessed world.

By Eric anexis Published 3 months ago 3 min read
The currency of time.
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the not so TheThe -distant future, time had become humanity's most precious commodity. With the rapid advancements in technology, people could now trade time like currency, extending their lives or even selling off moments to the highest bidder. In this world, every second counted, and every minute held immense value.One ordinary citizen, named Alex, found themselves caught in the whirlwind of this time -obsessed society. Living in a bustling metropolis where every minute was meticulously accounted for, Alex struggled to keep pace with the frenetic rhythm of life. Like many others, Alex had a job that consumed the majority of their waking hours, leaving little time for personal pursuits or leisure activities.One day, while rushing to catch the crowded subway train that whisked commuters to their destinations in the blink of an eye, Alex stumbled upon a small, inconspicuous shop nestled between towering skyscrapers. The sign above the door read: "Just A Minute."Intrigued, Alex stepped inside to find a cozy interior adorned with antique clocks of all shapes and sizes. Behind the counter stood an elderly man with a kind smile, his eyes twinkling with wisdom."Welcome, traveler," the old man greeted. "How may I assist you?"Curious, Alex inquired about the shop's peculiar name."Here at Just A Minute, we offer something more valuable than gold or jewels," the old man explained. "We sell time."Alex's interest was piqued. The old man went on to explain that Just A Minute specialized in selling short bursts of time to those who needed it most. Whether it was a minute to catch a breath in the midst of a chaotic day or a minute to savor a precious moment with a loved one, Just A Minute provided a sanctuary from the relentless march of time.Intrigued by the concept, Alex decided to purchase their first minute from the shop. The old man handed over a small hourglass filled with shimmering sand and instructed Alex to use it wisely.As Alex stepped back out into the bustling city streets, they couldn't help but feel a sense of liberation. With the hourglass in hand, Alex took a moment to pause and breathe, relishing in the simple pleasure of being alive.As days turned into weeks, Alex found themselves returning to Just A Minute time and time again. Each visit brought new revelations and experiences, from stolen moments of solitude in a busy world to cherished conversations with strangers who would become friends.But as Alex's reliance on Just A Minute grew, so too did their awareness of the true cost of time. With every minute purchased, a piece of their own lifespan dwindled away, a sobering reminder of the finite nature of existence.Despite this realization, Alex continued to seek solace in the sanctuary of Just A Minute, grappling with the conflicting desires for both fleeting moments of happiness and the elusive promise of a longer life.One fateful day, as Alex stood before the old man in the shop, contemplating yet another purchase, a sudden realization washed over them like a wave. In the pursuit of extending their own lifespan, Alex had been squandering the very moments that made life worth living.With a newfound clarity, Alex made a decision that would change the course of their life forever. Instead of buying another minute, they offered it to someone else in need – a struggling artist on the brink of giving up on their dreams.In that selfless act of generosity, Alex discovered a truth that transcended the confines of time itself. For in giving away their minute, they had gained something far more precious – a sense of purpose and fulfillment that no amount of time could ever buy.And so, as the sun set on the bustling cityscape, Alex walked away from Just A Minute with a lighter heart and a renewed appreciation for the fleeting beauty of each passing moment. For in the end, it wasn't the quantity of time that mattered, but the quality of how it was spent.The

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