It is hard getting used to basketball without Kobe, now we have to get used to life without him?
There are certain individuals that, by their achievements and impact, gain the status of close to immortal. To say the least, you never expect to see them die at an early age because they seem so larger than life. They have everything going for them, what you see is a world with less complication than your own. More safety, more access to health opportunities, money, fame.
Until the way of life kicks in.
The same way we all live by, same rules, though specifically tailored for everyone.
Is it about justice?
What are the rules, if any?
No, plain Kobe. Our Kobe, everyone’s Kobe.
It is said that the true Greats are always being remembered with their first name. True. Nobody ever refers to Bryant. Everybody knows Kobe.
The Kobe case is different though. His athletic achievements are undeniable on the court. but what is truly special about his case is his legacy outside the court. The potential and power his message has to affect lives.
Lessons learned through his own journey to the stars, told in his own way, motivating millions. An individual who had the respect from everyone. He was an athlete that even when he was opposed to you and your team, you had nothing bad to say just respect. Because he is clear. You can see that everything he did was by his own competitive nature and unbelievable work ethic. Nothing was given or taken for granted. You cannot disrespect that. No matter the fact you hate how unstoppable he is. You give credits.
And you listen to what he has to say.
We haven’t lost a great basketball player. That is what is on the surface.
It is way deeper. We have lost a voice that could help more people see their potential and strive for personal greatness in any field. A voice that had much to say from personal experience and a figure that could make people listen.
That loss is something it is hard to overcome. Individuals like this, don’t come around often and when they do, it is a shame to be taken from us so soon, before their work is done.
Maybe some higher Force thought that his work was done? Who can believe that?
The fact is that Kobe was taken at the moment he was just starting his next role in life, a role that was promising to be of greater importance than his previous athletic one.
There certainly are thousands of people playing basketball just because of watching him and wanting to be like him.
Just imagine thousands of people listening to his message about living a meaningful life. Then copying it. That would be something.
There is only one lesson from death; that maybe it amplifies the voice and the message, allowing his legacy to be written with golden letters across hearts and people’s consciousnesses.
At this time of tragedy, we can only pay our condolences to his family and pray for his and his daughter’s soul. Regarding his daughter, that is something beyond logic and we shall not even try to say or explain anything.
The pain is real.
Voices fade but we must do everything we can not to let them disappear.
Not now, not ever.