Yesterday I learned that a close family friend had passed. It was hard to believe because just hours before hearing the news, he was with us, telling us not to stress, encouraging us to be happy, and volunteering for community service work. Now he is gone. After hearing the news, I thought, Wow, life is a vapor- It can end so abruptly.
His name is Walt Bellamy, "a former Indiana University star who won an Olympic gold medal in 1960 and was the first overall pick by the Chicago Packers in 1961. He was the rookie of the year with Chicago, averaging 31.6 points and 19.0 rebounds, and also played for the Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta and New Orleans Jazz. He played in four All-Star games and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993." Yet despite these accolades, I will not remember him for the amazing things he did on the basketball court (mostly because I am too young to remember them). Instead, I will remember him as he was less than two days ago. A warm spirit, encouraging others to live stress free, encouraging others to be happy and volunteering with friends in the local community.
In my opinion, “a life is measured by moments like these― Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver", in the moments we do for others. Not all of us will be inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame, not all of us will be famous, but all of us can do something with our lives to be remembered. Some people will remember Mr. Bellamy for his on the court performance. I will remember him for his off the court service.
I encourage you to “live today. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Just today. Inhabit your moments. Don't rent them out to tomorrow― Jerry Spinelli.” “All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused ― Martha Graham”
Like Bellamy, I hope to accomplish great things in my professional career. But if I'm remembered in the same manner that I remember him, I will be happy. I want to be remembered as a man with a warm spirit who encouraged others to live stress free, encouraged others to be happy and volunteered with friends in the local community. “A life is measured by moments like these― Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver" and I live each day to create these moments.