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We’d like to believe there is a formula to having our “best life now.” An easy way out of our broken bodies and delicate relationships and utter dependence. We live and love and lose. But it is a beautiful and terrible reality when we realize we are human… again today.
LIFE IS SO BEAUTIFUL.
LIFE IS SO HARD.
You can find the quote featured on this Durham, North Carolina, mural inside Kate’s instant New York Times bestselling memoir, Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I’ve Loved).
Regardless of what brought you here, my hope is that this “mini-mural” art print might remind you that, all along, we belong to each other. In our beauty. In our pain. And every step in-between.
Everyday empathy is powerful. It works against our culture’s individualism. It softens our sharp divisions. And reminds us that, all along, we belonged to each other.
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Hi, I’m Kate. Let’s untangle our culture’s obsession with toxic positivity and self help, shall we?
I am a Duke professor, podcaster, and author with a single mission: giving you permission to feel human. (And letting you have whatever weird or boring hobbies you can’t explain to strangers. Do I love roadside attractions and exotic potato chip flavors? Yes. More than I should say.)
I believe that the world would be a better place if we took apart the well-meaning clichés we use when life is hard. (What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger? Maybe what doesn’t kill you might try again tomorrow. 🙂 )
After years of being told I was incurable, I was declared cancer-free. But there’s no going back. I am forever changed by what I discovered: life is so beautiful and life is so hard. For everyone.
My team at Everything Happens and I create free resources like this one with you in mind. We are determined to create a gentler world for everyone who wants to admit that they are not always “living their best life.” If that’s you, bless you. You’re in the right place.