I met this guy on the bullet train to Osaka. I had my headphones in and I figured I would just put my suitcase by my feet but he offered to lift it up and put it in the top compartment for me. I was super stoked by his kindness. Then he like offered me some of his beer and some snacks. I at first turned down the beer but then we started to talk, and we actually like had hella deep conversations. I couldn’t believe this guy was so willing to talk to me. We ended up drinking together and talking about life and relationships. I was kinda smitten by him in an odd way. He was at least 13 years older than me and married but damn he was so outgoing and confident and he and I had such great conversations. I kinda was like really attracted to his confidence and ability to be so open. The first thing he said is that this was: 一期一会 (いちごいちえ) (ichigoichie) which translates to a once-in-a-lifetime encounter. When he was explaining the word’s meaning I kinda felt like the translation may not have really expressed all the emotions that the moment we shared meant.
Like, why was it once in a life time encounter? Because he had never spoken to a foreigner before? I asked him but he shook his head and said no. It was different. Maybe the time we shared, the small moments like our smiles, our laughs, his kindness, my willingness to let him in, was something special. And it was indeed, something that should be cherished. I look back at those moments and smile because I had so much fun. I wonder what this man thinks of me, will he always remember those few hours? I feel like somehow I will because there was just this special feeling about it. And even though it’s been a few days I can’t get that moment out of my head.
I wonder if I will ever see him again but as the word states: it was a once in a life time encounter, so I’m going to just enjoy those small moments of greatness and let them envelop me. Because really, we only live once. And I’m doing a heck of a job at life right now. I want to keep riding through life and continue to greatness.