Kobe’s life influenced many people around the world. This man had a work ethic unlike anyone else in the league during his career. And if anyone else in the NBA had a work ethic like Kobe’s then their talent didn’t match because Kobe was the most dominate player in the league during his years with the Lakers.
People are even more moved by his tragic death. And everyone took different lessons from this tragedy.
Don’t hold grudges and anger. I heard about Kobe’s death while watching the Pro Bowl. That Sunday I was also not speaking to my wife because I was still mad about something that happened that morning. After hearing about Kobe dying in a helicopter crash I just let that anger go and talked to my wife. I talked to her about Kobe, then the conversation moved to what we gone have for dinner, and then we were on good terms for the rest of the night. It’s like dang. My wife could have went to the store and got into an accident. How would I feel knowing I was holding onto anger?
We can’t idolize celebrities. I’m not saying that Kobe sought praise and worship from people. But I know the world was shocked because we just don’t expect tragic accidents to happen to celebrities. Especially when the death doesn’t fit the lifestyle. Like Kobe was a good person. He was a family man. He went to work and took care of his family. He got drafted to the NBA at 18 years old. He had all the excuses to live a wild party life. Yet he got married at 21 and never divorced.
I believe the hardest part about believing Kobe could die in such a tragic death is because he lived like such an extraordinary human. Helicopter and airplane crashes are not common but they’re not unheard of either. It’s scary to think that it could have been you on the plane, but it’s not a death that shakes the world. Just last month in December a helicopter crashed in Hawaii killing the pilot and two passengers. It didn’t make headline news. And I only heard about it because I got friends who live in Hawaii.
It makes you wonder why bad things happen to good people. Why Kobe of all good people? Yeah he had the sexual assault case in 2003. But I don’t understand why the media wants to bring that back up because he wasn’t found guilty. Doesn’t matter if you think he did it. He went to court and the case was dropped. If you weren’t a fan of Kobe just because he was accused of sexual assault, then just saying nothing at all.
What I took away from the death is that we’re all human. It’s easy to look at someone as above everyone else when they got money, fame, raw talent. Money and fame does protect you from things that most regular folk go through, but death don’t care who you are.
At the end of the day it’s something we all have to accept and move on from. The last death that shook the world like this was Michael Jackson. There will never be another pop star like Michael Jackson just as there won’t be another basketball player like Kobe. Yeah Lebron James passed Kobe on the all-time NBA scoring chart. But, Lebron James switched teams during his career. Kobe stayed with the Lakers for all 20 years.
And that’s the blessing about life. You have a purpose. When you fulfill your purpose then people will truly feel like they lost something when you die because no one else will do what you do exactly like you.