Rest in Peace, Kobe Bryant

My heart sank when I heard the news of Kobe Bryant’s death. I want to honor Kobe with a blog post dedicated to him. 

Kobe was one of my favorite athletes of all time. I’ve had so many great memories watching Kobe play basketball on TV. I still remember getting goosebumps watching Kobe score 60 points in his final NBA game. I teared up then and I teared up today. That game showed me how special and exhilarating sports can be. Sports can transcend courts and fields, and bring people together and make life that much more worth living. Kobe provided us many of these moments. That’s why he was so loved. 

But Kobe wasn’t just loved for the special moments he gave us. Kobe was also loved for the inspiration he gave us. I’ve always admired the “Mamba Mentality!” I loved how dedicated, singularly focused, intense, mentally tough, and clutch Kobe Bryant was. Kobe gave me the courage to dedicate myself to my passions without worrying what others would think. For me, Kobe made it cool to work hard and make sacrifices. Kobe also taught me the importance of duty, the value of entertaining others, and how it’s not weird to LOVE your craft. 
It’s not just what Kobe did on the court that made us love him, but it’s who he was as a person than made us love him even more. 

Today reminded us how athletes can transcend their sport, and also how life is bigger than a game. Let’s mourn Kobe’s death together. But afterwards, let’s honor Kobe, be inspired, activate our Mamba mentalities, and try to reach our potential as humans just as Kobe Bryant truly tried to do!

Please pray fo Kobe, his daughter, Kobe’s family, the other passengers onboard, and their families.