Respect is a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. For someone to earn my respect they have to show me how real they are. I don’t need to see perfection, just being real. Making mistakes and facing them and showing that you are proud of them is real. Nobody is perfect, we shouldn’t hide from messing up. Messing up and dealing with your shit is what garners my respect. I keep my requirements for respect this was because my definition of realness can be altered or change. I can evaluate someone I respect and might lose the respect I have for them.
When I first read the prompt, I immediately knew who I was going to write about. Being a leader is not easy. Being a leader takes strength and confidence. Most importantly, you need to have respect from your peers and subordinates. The person who inspires me the most is the late great Kobe Bean Bryant. Kobe Bryant inspired me to play basketball. Kobe was the reason I know how to channel my anger to push myself. Kobe Bryant is a leader and a friend to those who want to put the work in just as he did.
Kobe Bryant was a once in a lifetime person. What made Kobe special was the fact that he immersed himself in what he loved. Kobe lived and breathed the game of basketball. His early success with Shaq did not stop him from being the best player in the league for the next seven years after 2003.
Kobe Bryant was a man who was a beast every night on the court. Kobe was a killer and never backed down from the opportunity to crush the hearts of his opponents. Coming from someone who has always had a stern and intense face, Kobe was my idol. He loved what he did, and did it how he wanted to for twenty years. 5 championships later and he was still dominating in other fields. He was an Academy Award for his animated special dedicated to his love for basketball.
Kobe not only inspired me to be the greatest in whatever I did, but inspired me to remember what really matters. Family, relationships, and friendships are what matter. That killer on the court was a big softee with who mattered. Kobe won a league MVP, 5 NBA Championships, 2 Finals MVPs, 2 Olympic gold medals for Team USA Basketball, Oscar winner, Distinguished Author, second greatest SG in NBA History behind his idol Micheal Jordan, but above all his proudest achievement was being a father. I will always step back and be the best person to those who matter. Kobe Bryant passed away on January 26th in a helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gigi.
Thank you for being my favorite player, inspiration, and role model
Thank you Kobe <3
R.I.P Kobe and Gigi Bryant
and the 7 others who passed on January 26