My heart is so broken and I wonder why it hurts so much! There are some people that seem woven into our existence, they are just there, playing in the backgrounds of our minds. They live in such a way that their own lives enrich ours! They live so full-out that watching them even through the periphery of our minds, encourages us to live better, seeing them in their own genius allows us unleash our own genius even in small ways.
I think that’s part of why I actually feel so much pain, Kobe Bryant, meant a lot to me! He seemed like a pillar, an icon that I could point to. Kobe was an icon to me (and I dare say to humanity), an icon of excellence, of determination, of hard-work, of a man who somehow managed to have and love family, get to the peak of his career, have a great sense of humour, achieve success outside his career too, impact the next generation, have a succession plan etc. At the back of my mind, Kobe’s life removes limits off mine! Anything was/is possible, after all, he was an example of this!
It also hurts so much because of his wife and family! I always think that the ones who die are free, those left behind are the ones who suffer the pain. I pray for Vanessa and his three daughters. It is devastating to lose a father and sister, a husband and child in one fell swoop! I pray that the Lord comforts them at this time… the normal even heart-felt cliches do not suffice for this level of pain! We (all humanity), can only join together and commend you all to the hands of God! 🤗🤗🤗
Dear Kobe and Gigi, rest in love! I am sure you both are already getting the angels to play some basketball with you, while sending comfort to your family that’s left behind!
It is too devastating a tragedy! My heart also goes out to the families of Coach Altobelli who had his wife and daughter on board and to the Chester’s who lost a wife & daughter as well. I hear the kids all played on the same team. May God comfort you all and hold your hearts in His hands at this time.
Let’s remember Kobe in his power and may his life remind us to stay powerful and intentional and to express the fullness of all our gifts, while we have life. Tomorrow is promised no one! Let’s make everyday count! Kobe used to say “live today, to inspire tomorrow.” Let’s do that! Enjoy his poem to Basketball below, as we say adieu!
Dear Basketball by Kobe Bryant
From the moment
I started rolling my dad’s tube socks
And shooting imaginary
In the Great Western Forum
I knew one thing was real:
I fell in love with you.
A love so deep I gave you my all —
From my mind & body
To my spirit & soul.
As a six-year-old boy
Deeply in love with you
I never saw the end of the tunnel.
I only saw myself
Running out of one.
And so I ran.
I ran up and down every court
After every loose ball for you.
You asked for my hustle
I gave you my heart
Because it came with so much more.
I played through the sweat and hurt
Not because challenge called me
But because YOU called me.
I did everything for YOU
Because that’s what you do
When someone makes you feel as
Alive as you’ve made me feel.
You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream
And I’ll always love you for it.
But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer.
This season is all I have left to give.
My heart can take the pounding
My mind can handle the grind
But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.
And that’s OK.
I’m ready to let you go.
I want you to know now
So we both can savor every moment we have left together.
The good and the bad.
We have given each other
All that we have.
And we both know, no matter what I do next
I’ll always be that kid
With the rolled up socks
Garbage can in the corner
:05 seconds on the clock
Ball in my hands.
5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1
Love you always,
(November 30th 2015)
*All photos from Google images