On Sunday, January 26th, 2020, the world was thrown into mourning as the sudden news of Kobe Bryant’s demise fast travelled on social media. While family, friends, celebrities and all poured out their tribute to the basketball legend and expressed their condolences to the families of all who died in the crash, one thought struck me – we all indeed live on borrowed time.
Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash alongside his 13-years old daughter, Gianna and seven other passengers on board. One can only but imagine the last moments they all had as the helicopter went down.
We live in this world as tenants and not landlords because this isn’t our permanent home. We are just passing through but what do we leave behind? What would we be remembered for? What would be our contribution to making this world a better place?
Now is the moment we have. Now is the moment we own, not the very next moment but NOW. I personally didn’t know Kobe Bryant as I am sure most people all over the world didn’t have a personal relationship with him but his legacy seems to have gone way ahead of him so much so that even presidents pay their tributes.
It doesn’t matter what level you are. Fame and fortune isn’t what would etch your name in the hearts of others but your good works, the value you offer.
Death is no respecter of age, wealth, or even one’s social status. When it comes, it comes. We don’t have to be scared of it but we have to be ready.
How are you spending your borrowed time? Are you busy squandering it, thinking you still have time or are you busy creating and impacting value that would be your legacy?
This isn’t the time to be afraid to do things you want to do. Live your life. Fulfill your purpose and be happy. Your good works would always precede you. Do that which you want to do.
Have serious good but positive fun. Life is indeed beautiful.
Just like Kobe, let the world say of you, “He lived a good life.”