In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.— Benjamin Franklin
The year 2020, as pleasant as it is to pronounce, I’m certain I’m not the only one who likes the sound of it, in its first month, it has ushered in 3 major horrific shocks, to the modern world. The first, a high possibility of a World War 3, the second, the epidemic of the coronavirus in China, and the third, Kobe Bryant’s death.
Though the latest shock is still being mourned, I refuse to mourn, not out of insensitivity or extreme rationality, but, because I’ve come to realize we have 3 kinds of the ‘departed’: Type 1 are people we are glad lived, Type 2 are people who show the ones they leave behind how to live, and Type 3 are rare because they are a hybrid of Type 1 and 2. And, Kobe falls in Type 3.
Now, let’s get right into the title of this post:
Myth 1: Forget Legacy, Chase the Money.
At the onset of his career, it is on record that Kobe Bryant kissed college goodbye so that he could focus on his talent; which he did and honored the decision, in his “Dear Basketball” that won an Academy, an Annie and an Emmy Awards. Here he debunked Myth 1: Forget Legacy, Chase the money, which is geared and fueled by the present capitalist system.
‘You asked for my hustle
I gave you my heart
Because it came with so much more.’-Kobe Bryant
Don’t worry I won’t digress to Economics, I’ll keep it on Kobe.
You could ask me to define Legacy, and my reply to you is, Legacy is a subjective and a contextual term. Though its not the focus of this post, but one thing I know is true about legacy is that those that leave a legacy have lived from their heart and soul. Their muscles and actions were simply the means to express what was embedded in their heart and soul.
I doubt if Carlos Slim were to depart today, his wealth, will generate half of the genuine content that was created on social media in the first 24 hours of Kobe’s departure.
Myth 2: Do your thing, no one cares
Between 2013 and 2015, Kobe Bryant’s Achilles injury hampered his performance. However, his dedication to express his heart and soul’s purpose was a driving force to keep going to the Basketball court. Obviously, he was neither obliged nor forced to play when injured. Even though I don’t have the numbers, indulge me if you will, but how many kids and people have been inspired by his choice to remain faithful, even if being faithful was hurtful.
In this era, where majority of us are inclined towards the far-left ideologies, and only do what we find comfortable, shying away from any form of distress, Kobe’s decision to continue playing under duress will be an anecdote coaches with the ‘Coach Carter’ mentality will use for a very long time.
These are the two major myths debunked by, the Legend, Kobe Bryant’s departure. I will like to know what you have gained from his life.