What Are We Doing Here? – In Reaction to the Death of Kobe Bryant

The last 24 hours has been a tough one. After the news broke of the sudden death of Kobe Bryant, it is pretty safe to say that the whole country, if not the world, was in shock. You never expect things so terrible to happen to anyone. Yet, here we are, mourning the death of a sports legend, children, and families.

As much as it hurts now, it’s unimaginable to think of the pain that the loved ones they left behind are feeling. Unfortunately, a lot of people yesterday forgot to put these families first. A few news outlets, when reporting on the incident, put out false information in desperation to be the first people to place to break new information. In the process, more pain was caused on top of what was already being felt.

The biggest culprit of this, of course, was the first people to report this at all. Hours after the crash, it became clear that the media outlet in question had reported that Kobe had died before the police had even gotten a chance to inform the families. I know I for one, would hate to find out my husband and subsequently my young daughter had died on Twitter.

This is just indicative of the society we live in though. Everyone is more caught up in being first than they are about being sensitive. I get this is part of the business but it’s an ugly part of it. As someone who strives to gain success in this field, I’ve had to do a lot of self-reflection. I would like to think that I’d have more decency to worry about the people effected by these things over my own self-interests.

I hope yesterday’s events were a wake up call but I won’t be holding my breath about it. God forbid something like this were to happen again, I urge everyone to stop and think about all the people involved before speaking or tweeting.

Right now, we should be focused on the people that were lost. Speaking badly of any of the victims is not only wrong but it’s just making things more painful for the people they left behind. They deserve the peace in order to grieve.

The loss of Kobe Bryant is tragic for the world. So is the loss of the eight other people was as well. Especially the three young girls that barely had the chance to experience life.

Don’t take people in your life for granted. You never know when you won’t be able to get them back.

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