OPINION: Kobe’s death reminds us to never take life for granted

In the wake of the tragic news of basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s passing this week, we are all reminded to hold our loved ones close.

Kobe Bryant, a five-time NBA championship winner and two-time Olympic gold medalist, is arguably one of the best shoot- ing guards and small forwards of all time.

The recently retired Los Angeles Lakers’ athlete, Bryant died with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant, coming as a shock to the entire nation.

The helicopter crashed into a hillside close to Calabasas, California, at approximately 10 a.m. on Jan. 26 — none of the 9 passengers are reported to have survived.

Even those among us who we believe to be indestructible, such as famous athletes and celebrities, are at a constant risk of death.

According to both psychology and philosophy, the fallacy of permanence is to blame for us taking life for granted. The fallacy demonstrates the false belief we all have of the permanence of our existence and the existence of those we love.

We maneuver through life as though no harm can come to us. However, this is far from the truth.

Bryant, survived by his wife and three other children, died alongside his second oldest daughter — was likely unaware of the events to come from his helicopter trip.

Many of us live our lives every day with little consideration of whether or not we will live or die.

While we should not live in fear of death, we should take both Bryant’s life and death as a lesson on living life to its fullest — telling loved ones how much we care for them, pursuing our dreams and fulfilling our life’s passion and purpose.

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