The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to doKobe Bryant
I couldn’t sleep last night so I started writing. I am in shock. Disbelief actually. But I am allowing myself to feel the feels and mourn the loss of a GOAT!
As a child, you grow up with so many role models and influences. As you get older, you realize these role models and influences are human and get older too. And sometimes, you find out that they’re not even that much older than you and you’re like, “you’re just like me” or “if you can do it, I can do it too.”
With that being said, we understand that celebrities are just like us and when it comes to death, they can’t escape it either. Growing up, you would hear about celebrities passing away and depending on who it was, it affected you differently.
For instance, when singer Aaliyah passed away in 2001, I just turned 11 years old and I was distraught because I just saw her on 106&Park maybe a day or two before her passing. She was young and beautiful. I would watch her music videos to learn new dance routines and I would attempt to wear baggy pants to dress just like her. She was a great role model and influence to me. So her passing had my in literal tears. Yet, when singer Aretha Franklin passed away in 2018, I was 28 years and I didn’t feel anything to be honest. I like her music but she was older and not someone I looked up to so it just didn’t hit me the same way Aaliyah did. However, it hurt several people I know to the core.
So when I got the notification on my phone that Kobe Bryant passed away, my heart stopped for a second. I kept rereading the headline and then I went on Google but there was nothing out there. I had to ask social media because I didn’t see not one post about it and figured someone hacked the news website.
And then … the updates started coming in. And something that felt like a dream started to become a reality. One of the greatest basketball players of all time – Kobe Bryant – someone I grew up watching, crushed on, admired, and was a big fan of, passed away. My heart felt like it was caving in. This hurt deeper than Aaliyah because I’m an adult now and I understand more. I watched this man play for his entire career. All I could think about was his family, especially his newborn that’s only like 6-7 months.
And then … another update came in
I could not believe it when I saw that Kobe wasn’t alone. I knew that the early reports said 5 people were on board including Kobe but when I saw that one of those people was his daughter Gianna – Mambacita, my heart officially collapsed. The one who was the heir to the throne and was going to continue the Mamba legacy in the WNBA. I started to think about how tight they must have held each other in their final moments and what their final words to each other could’ve been. I know they told each other I Love You with their final breaths. My head started to hurt. It was throbbing. It was too much to handle that I literally had to log off social media and turn off the TV.
And in those moments, I was reminded once again of how precious life is. I was reminded of how no one is in control of their last breath. That you truly can be here one minute and gone the next. Tomorrow is never promised and neither is today. You truly have to live each moment to the fullest and you must love fully. It is imperative to forgive and reconcile with one another while we are still here with each other. We must give our beloved friends, families, and peers their flowers while they can still smell them. It’s crazy how it takes death to remind us how valuable time is. But it also makes you think about what you are doing with your own life.
When celebrities die, you tend to think about the legacy they built and what they left behind. Kobe’s death shows how much of an impact he had on the world through the game of basketball. I remember when rapper Nipsey Hussle passed, I wasn’t hurt like I was now because I didn’t listen to him or follow him much but it made me think. So much so, I posted this to my Instagram:
Kobe Bryant has left his mark on the world. He will be remembered as a legendary basketball player, a world-class father and family man, a man who can admit his faults and put in the work to overcome them, a mentor, a coach, and just so much more. So I pose the same questions from my IG post to you, “when you die, how would you like to be remembered? What impact did you make? What legacy will you leave? How were you PROLIFIC with your time on this earth?”
As we continue to mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and all the other passengers that were on that helicopter, keep their families in your prayers. But don’t leave it at that! Reflect on the legacy Kobe built and use that as motivation to get out into the world and do something legendary too. There will never be another Kobe Bryant and we don’t need another one but what we do need is YOU!
Until Next Time,