The NBA career of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant is over, and he has move on to the next chapter of his life. Bryant, who gave his entire 20 years of professional basketball career to the Los Angeles Lakers, has written a life changing letter to his 17-year-old self.
In the letter, titled “Letter To My Younger Self”, he revealed his struggles involving selfishness as well as his uneasy relationship with his parents. He also shares a detailed explanation on the difference between giving to people and investing in them. The letter was published on The Players’ Tribune where he is the editorial director for this player-centric website.
“When your Laker dream comes true tomorrow, you need to figure out a way to invest in the future of your family and friends. This sounds simple, and you may think it’s a no-brainer, but take some time to think on it further,” wrote Bryant in his letter.
He then emphasized, “I said INVEST. I did not say GIVE. Let me explain.”
Bryant explains that in his younger years in the NBA, he became materialistic when it comes to his family. He bought them cars, houses and took care of their living expenses. However, these things simply made him feel good at the expense of their independence. He said he chose to give these things than use his stardom and influence to give opportunities for his parents and siblings to make something better out of their lives. When he eventually wanted to correct these, however, posed huge problems for himself and loved ones.
In the latter part of the letter, he opens up his relationship with his parents, describing it as “mixing blood with business,” with regard their in his financial success. This issue was featured in a story on ESPN where Bryant talks about his rapport with his parents. He also said that since 2013, he hadn’t spoken to them following the lawsuit he filed after they allegedly tried to sell a large number of Kobe memorabilia without his permission.
He ended his letter saying, “Your life is about to change, and things are about to come at you very fast. But just let this sink in a bit when you lay down at night after another nine-hour training day. Trust me, setting things up right from the beginning will avoid a ton of tears and heartache, some of which remains to this day. Much love, Kobe.”
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