A couple of days ago, Kobe Bryant, along with his daughter Gigi, and multiple others, passed away due to a tragic accident that took place. The death was extremely unexpected and unbeknownst. People are still in shock about it and the uproar on social media is still going on, as it should be. Kobe was not only an amazing athlete and basketball player, but he was also a father, husband, businessman, and an amazing role model to so many. It’s safe to say that millions of people have been taken back by the news of his death and affected by it. Why wouldn’t people be? Kobe was only 41 and had so much more of his life to live, as did the others who were onboard the helicopter! It’s extremely heartbreaking and tragic, to say the least.
All of this being said, I think this can serve as a massive wake up call for all of us. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 169,936 unintentional/ unexpected deaths occur every year. 169,936 deaths, every year. Guys, that’s A LOT of people who leave this world unexpectedly. The sad part of this scary statistic is that nobody expects one of those numbers to be someone they know or someone they look up to. They don’t expect one of those numbers to be a close relative or a friend. And they sure don’t expect one of those numbers to be them. All of this to say that we, every single one of us, are NOT guaranteed a tomorrow. Every day, we need to cherish those around us and take advantage of the opportunities that we have. We are not always going to be around to make an impact and to live out the life that we’ve always dreamt of. So right here, right now, I challenge you to live out your purposes and dreams because truth be told, you never know what could happen to you.
Cite for the National Center for Health Statistics: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/deaths.htm