He just won his third consecutive finals appearance in the midst of exhaustion, lack of motivation, and issues surrounding their team. When his dad was murdered, it served as the final straw. And at the peak of his career, he decided to throw in the towel. Just like that.
The greatest of the greats giving up on his prime? What a shame.
But he didn't care what others said about it.
He was firm in his decision to "purge". In hindsight, it was a needed recalibration after a momentous run. He tried new things; failed in many of them. He wasn't playing the same sport, but he had the same unmatched work ethic.
Then, the contraction was over. After an 18-month hiatus, he came back to the league and raked in three more rings for their franchise.
So did he really give up? Or was him stepping back a part of this path to greatness?
It's not wrong to pause. To walk away. To say "Enough for now".
Do not demonize rest just because you want to achieve something great. You are human. You are built to charge and cave in. Just remember that when you're not in motion, you do not forget the goal.
About the Author
Personal Opinion and Written by Cosmos Kairos, ZFT Mentor