You will be forever missed, Kobe Bryant…
Today we mourn the loss of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, and his daughter Gianna “Gigi” Bryant. They were taken at the age of 41 and 13 respectively by an unfortunate helicopter accident earlier today in Calabasas, California. They are survived by his wife Vanessa Bryant, and their three other daughters.
To most, he was an icon, a legend, and an inspiration. But to his family and loved ones, he was so much more. We can only imagine what his wife, Vanessa Bryant, must be feeling. To lose both a husband and a daughter in the most tragic way. And so our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family, in this most trying of times.
So although most never got the privilege to meet or even see Kobe Bryant in person (ourselves included), we can feel the solidarity and respect for honoring this man. And it not only comes from basketball fans but people from all walks of life as well.
And undoubtedly, Kobe Bryant deserves it all—and more. He is respected in his field for his records and accomplishments. But is respected beyond his field even more for his dedication and work ethic to his craft. He has been an inspiration to many and has imparted wisdom for those that follow on how to succeed, not just in the game of basketball but also in the game of life. And now, even in death, Kobe Bryant leaves us with one last lesson.
Life is not fair
Kobe Bryant was a firm believer in hard work. And that working hard for something is the only way to get what you want. And to always strive to be the best possible version of yourself.
“I have nothing in common with lazy people who blame others for their lack of success. Great things come from hard work and perseverance. — Kobe Bryant.”
And yet, after everything that he’s done. After everything that he’s accomplished and worked hard for, he didn’t deserve this. But we choose to believe that despite this heartbreaking tragedy, he has left us with one last lesson, that life is not fair.
That the world doesn’t owe us anything. And that we should always take each moment and opportunity that is given to us by the horns and make the most of it, just like he did. Because life’s not fair, life doesn’t give assurances. So even if you’ve worked hard your whole life, it could all be taken from you, just like that.
So thank you, Kobe Bryant. Thank you for all that you’ve done, and all that you’ve taught us. May you rest in power, Mamba.