Even in retirement, Kobe Bryant finds different way on being notice whether it’s social media or making an appearance during the ESPYS. In this case, it’s him writing a letter to his younger self according to The Players’ Tribune. When you read the letter, there are key points in which he realizes the one mistake made during his young career: investing rather than giving.
Take a look at this section of the letter:
Purely giving material things to your siblings and friends may appear to be the right decision. You love them, and they were always there for you growing up, so it’s only right that they should share in your success and all that comes with it. So you buy them a car, a big house, pay all of their bills. You want them to live a beautiful, comfortable life, right?
But the day will come when you realize that as much as you believed you were doing the right thing, you were actually holding them back.
You will come to understand that you were taking care of them because it made YOU feel good, it made YOU happy to see them smiling and without a care in the world — and that was extremely selfish of you. While you were feeling satisfied with yourself, you were slowly eating away at their own dreams and ambitions. You were adding material things to their lives, but subtracting the most precious gifts of all: independence and growth.
When someone as young as Bryant makes mistakes, it teaches an individual to understand that life a path of learning many lessons. These lessons are there for a reason because maturity lacks within young adults. They slowly get to that through struggles, dark times and more importantly, experience. The 37-year-old understood that and wants to warn his 17-year-old self.
Bryant wants his wisdom to be shared with the younger generation, telling them to make smart decisions. In today’s world, branding, social media and networking can take a person to another level. Athletes like Bryant can help the next generation of stars become superstars and legends for a long time. Just hope they thank Bryant when it’s all set and done.