you might die tomorrow
is inspiration to live today.
Hi! I’m Kate Manser.
I’m a writer, motivational speaker, and lover of life.
You Might Die Tomorrow is my life’s work to help you live urgently, love openly, and enjoy your life — by thinking about your death.
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Hi, I'm Kate Manser and I'm so happy to be alive.
Here’s my story.
In the span of six months, my 27-year old Manager at Google and two more friends aged 27 and 36 died in unrelated, unexpected tragedies. It shocked and terrified me, and I developed a fear of death that began to take over my life: I would imagine getting hit as I crossed an intersection, envision how the phone call would go when I got the news that my mom died, and avoided taking any risks out of fear of the unknown. It completely clouded the beauty of life.
About a year later, my colleague and adventure idol Dan Fredinburg was killed in the Nepal earthquake while climbing Mount Everest at 33 years old. As I struggled to make sense of the loss, I realized that he knew he might die climbing that mountain, but that he had to climb it to truly live.
In that moment, everything changed for me: I realized that I have absolutely no control over when or how I die -- but I have complete control over how I live until that mystery moment comes. All of the energy I spent on my fear of dying was channeled instead into living every day like I might die tomorrow.
Since then, I have made radical shifts in my life to better align with my soul -- including leaving my job at Google, traveling around the world for two years, and writing a book about how thinking about your death makes life better -- but no shift has been as radical as my shift in life perspective. I live urgently, love wildly, and am so grateful to be alive.
The You Might Die Tomorrow community now has thousands of fans around the world who rock stickers and other You Might Die Tomorrow gear, have experienced my Deathbed Meditation, and who live urgently, love openly, and enjoy life.
Life is beautiful. Join me in celebrating every day we have breath in our chests.
-kate the great
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