"The biggest mistake we make in our life is thinking we have time." - Kobe Bryant
It's taken me one year to write this. I've started and stopped numerous times. Even as I type this, I'm still in disbelief. It doesn't seem real. My idol. My superhero. Kobe Bryant is no longer here.
A year ago today, I attended church with my family. The sermon that day was about finding strength through tough times. It's almost like the pastor knew. 2020 was a year no one will ever forget, and January 26, 2020, seem to start it all.
After church, I came home and took a nap. Usually, when I take a nap, I put my phone on DND, but for some reason, this day, I didn't. I didn't sleep for long when my phone started going crazy. The first message I read was, "tell me this isn't true about Kobe" the next message "Yo, are you ok?" So I immediately check Twitter, and my heart instantly dropped. I thought this was a bad dream, and I couldn't wake up. No way in the world this couldn't be true. I remember being furious at TMZ for posting, saying he was gone. I knew that Kobe was going to post a tweet telling us all that he's ok. But he never did. Then to find out that his daughter Gigi was with him completely broke my spirit. I immediately begin to question God. Why God? Why take someone who meant so much to so many people? Why take Gigi away? She was destined to follow in Kobe's footsteps on the court. Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Kobe, Gigi & the other seven passengers served their purpose in life, and God was ready for them to come home.
If you know me, then you know how I idolized Kobe Bean Bryant. I grew up watching Jordan, but it became Kobe when I truly began to understand the game. I wanted to be just like him. It hurts like hell writing this. I always felt like I would eventually meet Kobe one day since I'm involved in the game. I looked forward to having a random conversation with him about how the league was today vs. when he played. Sadly, I'll never get a chance to. Kobe, you may not be here in the physical, but your spirit will live forever. Thank you for being my Superman. I love you, Mamba 🐍❤️🙏🏾
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