January 26th, 2020 started out as a pretty normal day for me. I went into work to do an opening shift I did not feel like doing and the day was completely and absolutely slow, resulting in me bored and having barely any customer interaction. It was towards the ending of my shift I received a notification on my Apple watch and I remember seeing the name “Kobe Bryant”. At first glance, I didn’t really see it due to a task I was given to work on from my supervisor, but I felt it was probably something speaking about yet another great accomplishment he made. It wasn’t until I took a second look that I saw the news which took America…no…the world by surprise. Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and several other passengers died in a helicopter crash. I did not want to believe it and immediately thought it was internet pranks, as many of us have seen over the years. However, the new reports began flooding in, all confirming the news to be true. I was at a complete loss of words, trying to make sense of what happened and come to grips with the fact that these lives ended so suddenly. In all of this, I did notice something people began doing on that day as they mourned. People began reaching out to others they haven’t spoken to in a while, patching things up and some even realizing that they don’t remember the event or cause that was the reason for them falling off in the first place. Witnessing this gave me another perspective in viewing this unfortunate, unforeseen, unwanted and unforgettable loss that occurred.
We all know life is uncertain, however many times we become so comfortable with the days we’ve been blessed to see, that we do not think about the reality that it all can be ended instantly, with us having no control in where and how it happens. I am sure that no one could or would ever think that those lives would end on that day the way they did, and if some could turn back the hands of time, they would’ve done so much more before they all left their company.
So what is the lesson?….
Once our strength has restored enough for us to live with this loss, accepting that these individuals are gone but not forgotten…please…don’t let another death be a reminder to us of just how important people are to us. Love on those we love, forgive those we may unresolved disagreements with and work to rebuild and restore lost or neglected connections we had people; doing so while they can hear our words and feel our touch. For with God’s help and our effort, I pray none us have to experience expressing how we feel or trying to get things right with a tombstone.
– Darius B.