One year ago today a tragedy hit not only the sports world but the world in general with the death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven other people in a horrific helicopter crash. Bryant, 41, and his daughter, 13, Payton Chester, 13; Sarah Chester, 45; Alyssa Altobelli, 14; Keri Altobelli, 46; John Altobelli, 56; Christina Mauser, 38; and the helicopter’s pilot, Ara Zobayan, 50 all were lost on this sad day. The obvious name that stands out is Kobe Bryant as he is known as one of the best basketball players of all-time and one of the nicest guys there ever was.
Bryant had a huge influence over the game of basketball and on the world as a whole. It’s not hard see all the NBA players he influenced still struggling to cope with his death and rightfully so. Death is never an easy thing and on a day like today I send my prayers to everyone’s families that was affected by this. Kobe and Gianna stand out due to their celebrity status but keep in mind seven other people who have loved ones and families that were affected too and are also hurting on this day. This was such a tragic event that it’s hard to find anything but sadness out of it.
One thing people easily forget is that life is short and things can happen that change your life in the snap of a finger. Look at this pandemic we are in with hundreds of thousands of people losing their lives. Life is a precious thing and everyone should live each day like their last because you never know when it could be your last. Take the time to spend with your loved ones and family, tell them you love them and show respect to people. There is no reason to be an asshole all the time to people. Treat people with respect and just have as much fun in life as you can. On this sad day I once again offer my prayers to all the families who are struggling today and I hope you all find peace. Lets come together today and get through this rough day together.
If you’re in crisis, there are options available to help you cope. You can also call the Lifeline at any time to speak to someone and get support. For confidential support available 24/7 for everyone in the United States, call 1-800-273-8255.