Ever since I heard about the death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gigi Bryant, and the other 7 people on the helicopter which crashed Sunday, January 26th in California, I can’t help but feel a deep sadness within. It’s crazy how I’m mourning people that I didn’t know but I don’t think I’m the only one who feels the same way. Their unfortunate, shocking death has brought a lot of things to light for me personally, and it’s sad that I’m realizing major life lessons during a dark time.
Firstly, I can’t even imagine how Kobe’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, must be feeling. She lost the love of her life and her baby girl in a matter of seconds. The thought of what she and her other 3 daughters are going through makes my stomach hurt. I read that Kobe and Vanessa became a couple when she was just 17 years old.
This tragedy has reminded me how precious life is. We don’t know how long our time is on this Earth. Some of us (maybe even most of us) awake each and every morning taking life for granted. I want to do my best to recognize 3 things each morning that I am grateful for the second my eyes open in the morning. No looking at my cell phone or jumping out of bed to head out the door in a hurry. I want to awake with a sense of gratitude and acknowledge everything and everyone who mean so much to me.
What gives me some peace when thinking about this recent tragedy is that daddy and daughter are in Heaven together with God. They are all together and watching down on their loved ones as guardian angels. I think tragedies like this really test our faith. We wonder why on earth would God (or whatever/whomever higher power you believe in) would let anything like this happen. It’s confusing and it’s saddening but unfortunately, it’s reality. We are not promised tomorrow or the next day or the next day. We aren’t even promised 1 hour from now. I want to live my life more meaningfully. I want to chase after all of my dreams because honestly, what do I have to lose? This unfortunate event has opened up my eyes and I feel more inspired and motivated than I have in a while.
“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” – Kobe Bryant
Well, Kobe, you have been an inspiration on Earth and you will continue to be an inspiration in Heaven.