Kobe Bryant

Reflections on the one year anniversary of his death

It seems hard for me to believe that it has been just about a year (January 26, 2020) since we got the sad news of Kobe Bryant’s death. And that of his young daughter, Gianna.

While I am not especially a Lakers fan, I don’t think one has to be a sports fan to recognize the gifts this man brought to the world. Since his death, I have read much about him. I won’t list his accomplishments here, as there are already a ton of tributes out there, where you can read in more detail if you are interested.

As a lover of inspirational quotes and poetry, I include a few of my favorite Kobe quotes here.

I hope they inspire you as they did me.

“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”

“Losers visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success.”

"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"

--Excerpt from "Dear Basketball" by Kobe Bryant

Photo by Fred Kearny / Unsplash

“It’s the one thing you can control. You are responsible for how people remember you—or don’t. So don’t take it lightly.”

Well said, Kobe. Well said. I think you nailed that one.

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