Today started out as a typical Sunday: we slept in, cleaned the apartment, Dominique made breakfast, and then walked to Starbucks to get cold brews for the humans and a puppaccino for Nala. I sat down to check my phone when I saw the news for the first time in our family group text:
Kobe died in a helicopter crash.
My first thought was this must be BS because TMZ was breaking the story... A minute or two after deep diving into Twitter and the google, the uncomfortable truth started to seep in.
In the 9 hours since hearing the story, I don’t think I’ve put my phone down for more than 10 minutes. I’ve been scrolling IG and twitter watching the highlights of his basketball career, the reactions from coaches & players around the league, and anything/everything that’s popped up in my feed that’s been related to this man and the unexpected event.
The part that doesn’t make sense to me about today (besides the unfortunate tragedy itself) is...why do I care so much?
I never liked him when he was a player and always thought he was arrogant and selfish... ...Until I listened to some of his interviews after he retired.
I heard the passion he had for learning from mistakes and gradual improvement. I felt passion and respect he had for the game of basketball. I sensed the excitement he had for his new projects with children’s books and coaching his daughter’s team. And, most importantly, I understood the love and pride he had for his family.
Hundreds of thousands of people will mourn Kobe Bryant for thousands of different reasons. For me, I was reminded today of the curveballs that life will throw our way while we’re busy making plans, and the importance of cherishing the people we love while we still have them around. I’ll remember the way Kobe pursued greatness with every area of his life, and try to model that same approach to be the best I can be.
Kobe’s legacy will no doubt stretch beyond what he did on the basketball court...His legacy will live through the strength & love that his family has and the millions of people inspired by what he did with his time here.
Rest in paradise Kobe, his daughter Gianna, and all those who passed away today 💔