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how death taught me how to live

Interviewed someone with an important reflexion on death

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I had no idea who I was going to interview in the session. I saw some people that I knew before but honestly didn't know what to expect...

I got assigned to someone and It was when she started opening up that I realized that I had something really delicate on my hands. 

She started talking to me about how she had experienced the death of her father when she was relatively small (20 years of age) in a car accident. She told me that she was with her dad on the copilot seat, and her mom was sitting behind her. She made a distinction saying that they had fallen asleep when the accident occurred... The car went off the road and hit a tree; instant death of her father, several injuries of her mom, and she came out almost with nothing injured... Nothing physical at least.

Next she started talking to me about how she felt after she woke up in the car... The sensations, the feelings, what she thought, what she saw... And described it to me with such delicacy that I could feel I was there.

At the end of the interview she made emphasis on how she tries to follow her dad's memory about trying to enjoy every important thing in her life, "squeeze the juice out of every experience". 

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

Try to be as genuine as possible. This is a delicate subject so try to let the other person feel that you are feeling their story

Tell us about your work experience:

I have started a consultancy firm for startups, worked as first employee of an MIT spin off in Mexico, and right now manage a corporate acceleration program in Mexico for LATAM.

If you participated in an End of Life Storytelling Event, tell us which Chapter or city you came from:

Mexico City


Beto Márquez


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