You all know Mirza Teletovic as NBA player and as an incredible shooter, but not many know his life story which is more than worth hearing.
Mirza Teletovic lived in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Bosnian War of the 1990s. He grew up in the city of Mostar, the subject of an 18-month siege when he was a child.
When Teletović shared his account of the war, he said,
“I was seven years old when the war started. First you start seeing that there’s no food, then grenades come down, the whole city is shaking, and you hear people screaming. Every day, your parents come in and say ‘our neighbor died, our cousin died’. Always somebody dying. One day, I asked my mother, ‘Is anybody alive?’ It was very, very rough for us. It left, I will say, a memory”. Teletović added, “All my friends and me are playing [basketball] and then you hear the sirens like the grenades start falling down and just run to your house and hide. If I have to die, I die. For basketball, I will do anything”.
When I was reading about this the first time, I got some serious goose bumps, even more after watching the video.
We shouldn’t take everything we have for granted and stay humble.