Last week, Kobe Bryant’s death took the world by surprise and there’s been memorial services held all over, even during the Grammys. I don’t want to sound morbid, but I constantly think about what happens when we die – it’s not a depressing kind of thing. 

Think back to the people who have died and how much that affected you before and after. It doesn’t only have to be with people, but also with animals. I think as a society, we don’t like to talk about it but handling death can be one of the hardest things, trying to fill a void in our lives. I think it’s good to have a community where people have support, especially if they are contemplating sucide. It’s never anyone’s fault because death is a heavy burden to carry. I see many brothers and sisters from this community die – I want to take a moment of silence for them and remind you it’s okay to cry. 

Some people think that death is tragic, but I think it’s beautiful. It might be the end for this world, but their spirit is always living – a part of them lives within us. We have a spiritual bond with our loved ones. That connection that we made never dies – that’s the power of love. The power to love is the best gift to anyone, even in death. Love them in life and love them in death.

 I truly believe that when someone dies, their spirit lives on within our forests, rivers, mountains, oceans, within us and our souls. It’s okay to let them go, no matter how hard it may seem. We shouldn’t be scared of death.

The only one way to conquer death is to live. So many young deaths happen in the world, too young to taste the fruit of this life. Some people die before entering this world. It seems like life picks and chooses who lives or dies. This is more of a reason to live and not to be scared of death. You should live the way you want because no matter what, we all become dust. It doesn’t mean to be reckless or forgo purpose, but just go with the flow and don’t worry because everything will be alright, no matter how you choose to live life. 

As someone who constantly thought about death more than life itself- let me tell you, it’s a trap- you shouldn’t even test the waters. Nothing is more powerful than the will to live. 

At the end of the day, it’s best to think of death as a natural part of life – just like growing up from a child to an adult. It’s a transition period, except that you don’t get to be part of it until you have reached the end.