One of the United States greatest basketball players, Kobe Bryant, tragically passed away in a helicopter crash yesterday.
A total of 9 people passed in this terrible accident. I am still in shock about it myself! Kobe is in my age group. I am a mother of 3 children with one on the way, and I can not imagine having to bury my partner and child at the same time.
Sad incidents such as this really makes you analyze your life and the people who are involved in it. I bet Kobe and everyone who was on that helicopter woke up on Sunday only looking to attend a girls basketball game. It makes you realize that when we get up in the morning getting ourselves ready for work or school that we may not make it back home to our loved ones.
I decided that I could’ve spent my time just going in on Kobe and his legend status, but he was not the only one who passed. I feel so much remorse for not only Kobe’s family, but for the other lives who were lost too! I too have dealt with losing very close people in my life some whose death I knew was coming eventually due to long term illnesses, while the others were so unexpected.
During a time where mental health is being stressed, I just hope that everyone takes this time to grieve, and to take into consideration that even though a lot of us have never met Kobe, his daughter, or the other families involved, does not mean it did not touch our hearts or make us hug our own kids real tight. I know for me, I have to give myself atleast 5 years to really grieve. I remember when my god sister passed from complications due to Lupus it took me about that much time just to be able to speak about her without shedding a tear.
Losing a loved one does add a void in your life. I chose to always remember the greatest in a person or to reminisce on the fun times that I will always treasure. Like Kobe, I can remember when he took singer, Brandy Norwood, to prom back in 1996. Or how he was one of the first people to get drafted into the NBA right out of high school like LeBron James. Or the one year the Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers were in the 2001 NBA finals, Kobe found his self going head to head with Allen Iverson, who was also drafted in the NBA the same year as him.
Just so many memories, that I know we all will treasure forever. Always remember that what we all have in common is that everyday is granted to us. Make sure to give people their praises while they are alive, and to cherish this day like it is your last!