I’m not going to sit here and pretend I’m a huge Kobe Bryant fan, or even a huge basketball fan for that matter. But I saw a post on Instagram today that really got me. It read,

“Leaving your home and getting back safely is such an underrated blessing.”

Kobe Bryant got on his helicopter today, along with his 13 year old daughter, and a group of other people who also had families to get home to. They all thought they’d be seeing their families later today. They all thought they’d be getting home safely, because I’m sure they had flown hundreds of times, right?

When any of us walks out of our front door every morning, anything could happen. You can be driving along, obeying every single traffic law. But that doesn’t mean that someone else is going to do the same. It doesn’t mean that someone else isn’t running late, so they run that red light. It doesn’t mean that someone else didn’t get behind the wheel, even though they were intoxicated. It doesn’t mean that another person won’t take their eyes off of the road, just for a second, to see who just text them.

We’re currently living in a world where senseless acts of violence take place almost every day. We’re living in a time where school shootings aren’t even that surprising to hear about. Devastating, yes. But surprising? Not so much. And it’s not even just school shootings. Shootings in movie theaters, at concerts, in shopping markets.

How many people, really, walk out of their house and think to themselves, today is gonna be the day I die by the hand of another human being.

I get that the helicopter crash wasn’t something that someone else did. Freak accidents happen. But still.

You really just never fucking know.