Find an ancient potbellied jar buried in the sand. Rub its sides to clear the dust, and uncork it, to release a genie.
When the genie offers you three wishes, tell him you will think on it. Meanwhile, ask the genie about his own life in those thousands of years gone by—stories of the ancient sunlit times, and the days of legend.
As the genie settles next to you, you listen. And the two of you sip tea and share secrets, while the years again pass by.
When your first gray hairs appear, tell the genie you no longer need three wishes granted, only one. And then, spend the remaining days of your lifetime deciding on that one wish.
In the end, you thank the genie. And with your last and only wish you set him free.
He did grant you, after all, exactly what was unasked.