Today, I had the honor to share a defining moment with someone unexpected....a client.

He's approaching 80 and for well over a year, my co workers and I noticed his rapidly declining health. We knew that our time with him would be limited.

Today, he came in. Walking gingerly as he usually does. He asked where my co worker was, who he refers to as his friend. She was unfortunately at lunch and I ended up helping him.

During his transaction, he opened himself up to me. He told me how he met his wife. It was during a basketball game, he sat across from her on the other side of the court and she caught his attention instantly. He asked his friends about her and they introduced him to her. They've been together ever since, over 50 years and counting.

He ended that story by telling me how she's the most important person to him, that she's the sweetest person he's ever met, and that he loves her.

He then asked me, "Do you know why I'm dressed the way I am? I have Parkinsons. My condition is getting worst and I'm taking more medications for it."

At that point he told me, "You're really nice."

I smiled and asked,"Have you ever told my co worker that story about you and your wife?"

He said, "No. You can tell her."

I said, "No, you're a better storyteller than me."

He left and I told him, "Take care, see you soon."

At that point, I understood clearly, that my client was preparing himself. He realized his time was limited and he wanted to get his words out. Perhaps, he wanted everyone in the world to know he was the luckiest man in the world to be married to the woman of his dream for over 50 years. Perhaps, he wanted to reflect on his life and share his joy with everyone else. Perhaps, like a friend of mine observed, he wanted a bit of his legacy to continue after his death.

I felt incredibly lucky and honored to be in his presence today.

The time we have in our lives is ultimately limited. Feelings that need to be expressed, experiences that need to be shared, and dreams that need to be achieved, never hesitate to accomplish these tasks.

I learned this lesson 3 years ago, when my grandmother passed away and I was unable to see her one last time. I'll never forget that day and I'll never forget today either.

Thank you Mr. W, your legacy will continue.