The gladsome current of our youth, Ere passion yet disorders, Steals lingering like a river smooth Along its grassy borders.
But as the careworn cheek grows wan, And sorrow's shafts fly thicker, Ye stars, that measure life to man, Why seem your courses quicker?
When joys have lost their bloom and breath, And life itself is vapid, Why, as we reach the Falls of Death Feel we its tide more rapid?
It may be strange—yet who would change Time's course to slower speeding, When one by one our friends have gone, And left our bosoms bleeding?
Heaven gives our years of fading strength Indemnifying fleetness; And those of youth, a seeming length, Proportion'd to their sweetness.
- Thomas Campbell
Many of us are still trying to grasp ourselves around the fact that the legendary basketball player, Kobe Bryant, together with his beautiful daughter Gigi, are no longer with us. The world was taken by shock on January 26th to hear the heartbreaking news that they were taken from us far too soon in an unfortunate helicopter crash. Here are some pictures to honor his and his daughter’s memory.
Kobe and his daughter Gigi were like two peas in a pod – and were the best of friends. He loved her endlessly, and that love was shown through everything he did.
A True Icon
Bryant was an absolute icon throughout his career and shined all the way through his impressive 20 seasons in the NBA! He was cherished by all of his teammates and fellow players alike. Anyone that had the chance to know him was truly lucky.
A Family Man
With four stunning and talented little girls, Bryant was the real definition of a family man. He always made sure to put his family first before his career, and have them with him every step of the way!
Talented Beyond Belief
The 41 year old NBA player was talented beyond belief – and played his heart out in every game, always giving it his all and showing his passion in every move he made.
The Love Of His Life
His stunning wife Vanessa was his everything, his soulmate, and his one and only always. The two of them met at the young age of 17, and got married after a mere six months of dating. They were together ever since, married for nearly two decades!
Always Full Of Life
Bryant was always full of life, ready to have a good time, and was never afraid to get his hands dirty. Here is pictured accepting an honor at the Nickelodeon awards ceremony, and also accepting some golden slime thrown all over him.
Loved By All
Kobe was deeply loved and apprecitated by everyone who had the chance to know him on a personal level. Many of these people were his fellow stars living in Los Angeles who all find inspiration in his ways. Him and Justin shared many thoughts about what it meant to be a father.
Bryant, pictured here with Lebron James, could always be caught smiling or laughing, both on and off the court. He was a real jokester and had so much passion for life and everything he did.
Bryant was all about giving back to the community, and sharing what he was fortunate enough to have with others, especially with children, doing endless charity work throughout this career.
Bryant had his girls and his wife by his side everywhere he went, especially so on the court. They were his biggest fans, and he was theirs. The love they had for each other, especially that of Gigi and Kobe was completely undeniable.
Bryant was proud of everything he did. He was especially proud to be a father, but also play for the Los Angeles Lakers, and he was proud to represent his country in the Olympics.
His Legacy Will Live On
Kobe Bryant’s legacy will forever live on, and he will always be remembered as a hero and as a true inspiration – for families across the globe, and for aspiring athletes to always chase their dreams.